In-House Services

How do Vaughn’s self-perform services benefit my project?

At Vaughn, we have over 400 craft employees who perform some of the work in house, which helps protect your project budget and schedule. If your project requires a particularly challenging task that might intimidate some trade contractors, or cause them to charge a premium for their service, we can perform the work in-house at a lower cost and more expediently. Typically, the harder or more intricate the work, the more likely our craft workers are to perform it - no task is too large or small.

Our in-house capabilities include: 
  • Commissioning
  • Complete and selective demolition 
  • Mass earthwork 
  • Structural earthwork 
  • Concrete work 
  • Precast concrete erection 
  • Structural steel and miscellaneous steel erection 
  • Installation of doors, hardware, specialties, and accessories.


Our concrete formwork crews perform all of the vertical formwork of walls and columns in multistory, poured-in-place concrete frame buildings. At the University of Houston-Downtown campus, we built the Academic Student Services Building over an active rail line which handled 24 trains per day. Since neither the formwork nor structural precast erection trade contractors were interested in performing this high-risk work for a reasonable cost, our in-house crews performed the formwork and erected poured-in-place concrete beams that spanned the railroad.

University of Houston-Downtown, Academic Student Services Building, Houston, Texas


Another example of the intricate formwork and specialty concrete our crews perform is shown below.

Harris County Civil Justice Center, Houston, Texas


Structural Erection

Our precast concrete and steel erectors are capable of all types of erection. Oftentimes we erect miscellaneous interior structural steel elements for projects that are difficult to access or that require numerous remobilizations, which the trade contractor community finds least appealing.

Fayez Sarofim Research Building for the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas



Our selective demolition crews have removed interior walls and finishes as well as performed selective structural removals, such as those involved in the restoration of the historic Harris County 1910 Courthouse. Our in-house demolition crews removed numerous large structural slab areas that had been added above the original courtroom. They also demolished several levels of large infill slab areas from inside the original rotunda.

Harris County 1910 Courthouse Restoration, Houston, Texas