Turner Construction Company, Somerset, was named the outstanding corporate partner of the year by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The company was honored during NJIT’s annual black-tie benefit dinner, called Celebration held Nov. 10, 2006, at the Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange.
Dinner proceeds will endow scholarships for students enrolled in NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College and the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA). Many NJIT students are the first in their families to attend college, and most of them rely upon merit and need-based scholarships.
For more than a century, Turner Construction Company has been busy building America. Since inception of the company in 1902, when Turner pioneered the practical use of the concept of “reinforced concrete” design, the company has grown dramatically. Today, it is a $7.4 billion corporation with 46 offices and more than 5,400 employees nationwide. The New Jersey office was established in 1984 and has built or managed the construction of many of the state’s leading commercial, residential, institutional, industrial, sports and healthcare facilities. Some examples are the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Liberty View Towers, the renovation of the State House Annex and the Trenton War Memorial, AT&T Network Operations Center, Bridgewater Crossing as well as multiple buildings at NJIT.
Turner has a strong skill and experience base in important market sectors. In 2006, Engineering News Record ranked Turner first in healthcare, education, correctional facilities and commercial office contracts, second in sports and general building categories and third in electronic assembly and cultural and religious facilities. The firm was a “top 10” player in multi-unit residential, airports, auto plants, manufacturing, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, hotels, motels and convention centers, distribution and warehouse, government and industrial processing facilities. The firm has extensive experience constructing food processing plants and parking structures. Turner was also ranked as the number one construction firm in New Jersey by NJ Biz and first as a general contractor by New York Construction.
Turner’s enduring core principles, as formulated by Henry C. Turner and practiced to this day, are integrity, commitment and teamwork. Throughout its history, the company has been associated with the highest ethical standards, quality and client-driven service and personal attention, as emphasized by its founder, who consistently referred to clients as “respected friends.”
Turner supports communities where it does business and has a long-standing record of this kind of support across the U.S. In 1968, Turner became the first major builder to create a community affairs department. Turner’s involvement embraces hundreds of national volunteer programs, such as the ACE Mentor program, Habitat for Humanity and United Way, numerous local and national nonprofits and Youth Force 2020, a program instituted by Turner and initially known as Youth Force 2000, to support education and to guide youth toward careers in the construction industry.
Locally, Turner Construction Company is actively involved in all of these programs. Under the direction of Tina Butts, the director of community affairs for the New Jersey Business Unit, the Youth Force 2020 Program is in full production with a diversified team of volunteers. Last month, the Somerset office held its kick-off reception for the School of Construction Management at the NJIT Campus Center Atrium. The program is a free, six-week course held at NJIT that teaches minorities, women and small business contractors about the business side of the construction industry. “It’s about relationships and education,” said Thomas V. Reilly, vice president and general manager of Turner’s New Jersey Business Unit. “Education being the goal, and having been involved with NJIT for over 15 years, it is the appropriate place to hold the kick-off and sessions. NJIT is a fantastic higher educational facility.”
Dorman Honors College, founded in 1995, now enrolls more than 500 students who are offered special classes, seminars and colloquia by distinguished professors. Dorman’s mission is to transform its students into leaders in their respective fields.
CSLA was formed in 1982. Today the college consists of six academic departments encompassing chemistry and environmental science, biological sciences, history, humanities, mathematical sciences, and physics.