Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that its philanthropic organization, the Fluor Foundation, presented $1 million to the University of Houston (UH) College of Technology to establish the Fluor-UH Industrial Construction Management Education Partnership, focusing on research and professional development.
An official ceremony was held at the UH Sugar Land campus today that included Fluor Chairman and CEO David Seaton, University of Houston President Renu Khator and other members of Fluor’s senior management team.
The partnership will support implementation of a Work-Integrated Education Program, which will integrate industry-best approaches and project examples into the curriculum. Through the program, students will obtain a unique skill set and perspective by developing solutions to real-world construction challenges in the classroom, gaining valuable industry experience. The partnership marks a signature milestone in the 25-year Fluor-UH relationship.
“Fluor is continuously investing in our future,” said Seaton. “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. This partnership is an integral part of Fluor’s sustained, long-term commitment to the construction industry and comes at a time when talented construction management personnel are in extremely high demand, especially with the number of ongoing projects in the United States.”
The grant is the largest in the UH Construction Management program’s history and is a fitting progression of UH and Fluor’s partnership that began in 1991. The UH launched the nation’s first industrial construction management curriculum in 2011, with strong industry involvement and support. Fluor supported development of the curriculum, which specializes in developing construction leadership for heavy industrial projects. Fluor representatives serve on the UH Process & Industrial Construction Management Industry Advisory Board and teach classes in the department.
“Fluor’s record-setting grant will help us achieve one of our key goals – ensuring that UH students are focused on learning skills that are directly relevant to the industry and to the needs of our city and state,” said Khator. “This exciting new partnership between Fluor and our Department of Construction Management is another important step in maintaining that relevance.”
As part of Fluor’s commitment to the communities where its employees live and work, Fluor invests in programs that encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering, math and construction disciplines, preparing the next generation for success. Fluor has contributed more than $177 million to community projects around the world since 1952.
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 42,700 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.
About Fluor Corporation
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company that designs, builds and maintains capital-efficient facilities for its clients on six continents. For more than a century, Fluor has served clients by delivering innovative and integrated solutions for our clients in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, mining and metals, and power market sectors. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 136 on the FORTUNE 500 list with revenue of $18.1 billion in 2015 and has 44,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit www.fluor.com or follow us on Twitter @FluorCorp.