CAGC Presents “Build with the Best” Award to Norma Houston

Norma Houston

The Carolinas Association of General Contractors (CAGC) awarded School faculty member Norma Houston with their Build with the Best award on January 25, 2020. This award honors “an individual who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the Carolinas construction industry and overall economic welfare of the region.” Houston received the honor at the CAGC’s Pinnacle Awards Ceremony during the organization’s 99th Annual Convention in Aruba.

Houston’s development and teaching of the School’s Contracting for Construction and Design course contributed to her receipt of the award. The course allowed the CAGC to be the only association in front of local government officials across the state of North Carolina.

Houston’s course also provided the CAGC a platform that allowed the group the ability to share insight with local governments into the construction industry’s perspective on procurement and public bidding. 

Over the years, Houston has shared with CAGC a significant amount of her expertise, and the organization has considered her a valuable asset.

“We are proud to present Norma Houston the 2019 Build with the Best Award,” the CAGC said upon presentation.

CAGC is a construction trade association made up of contractors and construction-related firms that perform work in North Carolina and South Carolina. The association is a chapter of the AGC of America (AGC) and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

The organization provides business development opportunities, management advice, and advocacy for its members—who range from small to large general contractors, specialty contractors, material/equipment suppliers, and service providers.

Houston joined the School of Government in 2006. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff and general counsel to State Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight. She has also worked for UNC President Erskine Bowles and served as Dare County attorney, assistant attorney general in the N.C. Department of Justice, and staff attorney for N.C. Prisoners Legal Services. Houston earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.