September 01, 2022
Contact: Thonnia Lee, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
Turner Construction Company has established an HBCU grant program at Tuskegee University to provide the architecture, construction science, and management; and engineering programs $70,000 annually starting this fall.
This program will build the best team of students and offer exceptional opportunities to promote The School of Architecture and Construction Science and Management (TSACS) research efforts to preserve Booker T. Washington’s mission: ‘Learn to do by doing.’ Student tuition assistance and internships, financial support for the travel, software, and equipment to benefit learning objectives, student competitions team support for travel to conferences, and reciprocal teaching to support an interdisciplinary capstone project are the areas of collaboration.
Tuskegee University is one of eight HBCUs benefiting from professional development and training led by Turner through their diversity manager and talent acquisition team. This collaboration with Turner Construction Company will expand the school’s mission by historically and philosophically exploring African American education and diversifying the profession. Booker T. Washington advocated educating the whole individual—the hand, heart, and mind; he also advocated ‘correlation,’ meaning applying academic study to practical work.
“Turner’s presence on campus will allow us to forge a lasting relationship that contributes to curriculum development and engage in real-world dialogues to accelerate our institution’s growth efforts,” said Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, Tuskegee University president. “We have been discussing a tiny house community for several years. “I am elated to see this effort start to take shape with the support of such a world-renowned construction company.”
“Turner Construction Company strives to expand students’ hands-on experience in order to prepare them for an interdisciplinary senior capstone project that will support our goal to focus on the design and construction of energy-efficient inhabitable net-zero homes using self-sustaining, recyclable, and affordable biodegradable building materials,” said Dr. Carla Jackson Bell, dean of the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, professor of architecture and project principal investigator. “This program will increase the awareness of the Macon County community of the importance of designing and constructing energy-efficient structures.”
About the Turner Construction Company
Turner is an international construction services company. With 11,000 employees, the company completes $15 billion of construction on 1,500 projects each year. Turner is the largest builder in the United States and is ranked as a leader in major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, data center, aerospace, and green building. The company works hard to eliminate hate and bias in the workplace, and create an environment where people actively care for others and are treated with respect and dignity. Reflecting the company’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Turner is widely recognized as a great place to work.
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