Fluor Corporation has given a million dollars to the University of Houston to establish a construction management education partnership focusing on research and professional development.
We are committed to developing a strong pipeline of the top construction minds and embracing their innovative ideas to make our projects safer, better and more cost-effective– David Seaton, Fluor chairman
Fluor said the aim is to integrate industry best practice and project examples into the curriculum to help students develop solutions to real-world construction challenges.
It is the biggest grant in the history of the university’s construction management programme.
The university launched the country’s first industrial construction management curriculum in 2011, specialising in developing leadership for heavy industrial projects. Fluor supported development of the curriculum.
"We are committed to developing a strong pipeline of the top construction minds and embracing their innovative ideas to make our projects safer, better and more cost-effective," said Fluor chairman and chief executive David Seaton while presenting the cheque on Friday 19 February.
He said talented construction management personnel are "in extremely high demand, especially with the number of ongoing projects in the United States."
Fluor says it has contributed $177m to community projects around the world since 1952.
Photograph: Fluor chairman and chief executive David Seaton presents the $1m cheque to establish the Industrial Construction Management Education Partnership (Fluor)