Trade Contractors

Are You Interested in working with Vaughn?

An important part of our success is the success of our trade contractor partners. We pride ourselves on proactively managing well organized, safe, and efficient projects that allow you to be successful. We are proud to have been named “General Contractor of the Year” by the Houston Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association numerous times for the respectful and ethical way we treat our trade contractor partners.

One example of how we help you be successful is through our use of an open bidding process, which gives you the opportunity to propose only on the portions of the work you are comfortable performing. You do not need to bid on an entire scope of work that you may not have the staff, materials, or expertise to perform. We make the extra effort to match trade contractor bids to achieve complete bid packages. This is a win-win for you and for our clients, since this approach often provides a better value. 

Because many of our projects are extremely complex and require the best talent in their respective specialties of work, the vast majority of our trade contractor selections are made on a “best value” system. We evaluate your firm’s qualifications, your past experience with Vaughn and the project Owner, your safety record, the quality of your performance, the experience and qualifications of your proposed team members, and your price. Our experience has taught us lowest price doesn’t always equate to best value.

We operate a master subcontracting system, which allows us to quickly procure project subcontracts and start work on a project in an expedited manner. We maintain a list of prequalified trade contractors with whom we communicate regularly about upcoming opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a prequalified trade contractor with Vaughn, contact our trade relations coordinator


"Vaughn Construction treats their trade partners with high level of professionalism. They go out of their way to foster a team approach with all members of the trade contractor community, from the early pre-construction stages to the final close-out of their projects." 

Brent Watts, Vice President, Division Manager, Dynamic Systems, Inc.


At Vaughn, we are fully committed to involving HUB and M/WBE firms in all of our projects because we believe supporting them encourages economic growth and development in our communities. Members of our firm actively participate in organizations including: 
Not only do we consistently achieve or exceed the HUB participation goals set by various State of Texas institutions for which we perform work, we regularly team with HUB coordinators at various universities across the state to give seminars on estimating and scheduling, and business practices as part of their HUB outreach programs. To assist HUB and M/WBE Firms with developing their business strategies and achieving their goals, we actively participate in the State of Texas Mentor Protégé Program.   

Following is a testimonial from one of our protégé firms, BMS Construction about the benefits they gained from being mentored by Vaughn.


Construction Career Collaborative 

Vaughn Construction is one of the founding members of the Construction Career Collaborative (C3), an initiative aimed at ensuring a sustainable construction workforce through an alliance of owners, contractors, and trade contractors. The non-profit organization focuses on promoting a fair and equitable wages, safety training, and craft training for our construction workforce.

While the construction workforce is aging and less productive due to lack of training, the demands on our industry are continuing to increase and become more technical every year. We must do more to recruit, train, and retain craft workers to meet the demands of our industry. The C3 initiative outlines the requirements of successful training programs that address these issues with a positive outcome. We see positive results in safety performance, productivity, quality, and trade contractor profitability for projects that support the C3 initiative. Visit the C3 web site for more information.