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BROOKSTONE'S CREATIVE APPROACH SETS IT APART IN THE HOUSTON MARKET. BY TIM O'CONNOR

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hen working with owners and stakeholders on
a project, it's easier for a
contractor to build trust if
it acts like a true partner and not simply a
hired builder. That's the approach Houston-based Brookstone takes on every job
it accepts.
Creating those collaborative relationships gives stakeholders the confidence
that Brookstone's mission is to help them
complete the project. This trust is important
when challenges arise that call for unconventional solutions.
Take for example a recent retirement
facility project where Brookstone had to install an elevator into an existing three-story
building. The job required cutting a hole
through the roof down to the first floor.
When the owner asked how Brookstone
was going to waterproof the work, the
company explained that it wasn't planning
to. Instead, Brookstone designed a system
at the bottom of the elevator shaft to collect
rain runoff.
Other owners might have balked at such
a solution, but Brookstone had the owner's
trust to move forward with the unusual
solution. "There's all different kinds of
ways of accomplishing the same ends,"
Vice President Max Montegut says. "Being
creative about doing that is what oftentimes sets us apart."

Brookstone has a diverse portfolio
but maintains a reputation for
community projects.

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Brookstone
www.brookstone-tx.com
* Revenue: $100 million
* HQ: Houston
* Employees: 55
* Specia y: General contracting ervices

"There's all different kinds of ways
of accomplishing e ame ends.
Being creative about doing at is
what o entimes ets us apart."
- Max Montegut, vice president

Diverse Delivery
Brookstone started its operation in the
1960s as a builder of gas stations. However,
by the time the oil embargo of the 1970s hit,
owner John Carson had already switched
its focus to churches and other community
projects. Carson is now chairman of the
company and Steve Dishman serves as
Brookstone's president.
For most of its history, Brookstone has
been known as a boutique contractor,

specializing on smaller but logistically
challenging projects in the Houston metropolitan region. The company has diversified
over the years. Its portfolio now includes
airport hangars, office buildings, the
Houston Racquet Club, cancer centers and
control buildings for industrial facilities.
But even as it expands its reach, Brookstone maintains a reputation for building
community projects such as schools and
nonprofit facilities. One such project is

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