Turner Construction Company Awarded Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

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Academy will provide District of Columbia youth with a safe environment encouraging athletic and academic development.

“Our community is mentally and emotionally invested in our local professional baseball team. [We are] excited to use the momentum to shape and enrich the lives of the District’s youth." Jeff Burnham, VP and GM of Turner's Special Projects Division

Turner Construction Company was selected to perform construction management services of the new Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy – a year-round youth development program committed to preparing youth with the skills necessary to succeed in life and to become responsible, productive citizens in their communities.

Located only a few miles from Nationals Park, the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is in Ward 7’s Fort Dupont Park on a nine-acre campus that was secured through the cooperation of the D.C. and Federal governments. The facility will include three AstroTurf fields designed to accommodate baseball and softball competition from youth through college-level play. Additionally, a state-of-the-art 18,000 SF, two story educational clubhouse with classrooms, office space, meeting rooms, a teaching kitchen (suitable for cooking and nutrition lessons) and an indoor training facility. This building, designed by Devrouax & Purnell, is slated to receive a LEED® Silver rating upon completion in the fall of 2013.

Designed with sensitivity to the needs of low-income youth in a dense, urban community, the Academy’s programs will emphasize literacy and math education along with physical and emotional wellness for its scholar-athletes. Baseball and softball themes will be infused in the academic curriculum in support of the on-the-field instruction taking place every day.

“Our community is mentally and emotionally invested in our local professional baseball team, and Turner is excited to use the momentum to shape and enrich the lives of the District’s youth. It is an honor to partner with the Washington Nationals and the D.C. Government to make this dream a reality,” said Jeff Burnham, Turner’s Vice President and General Manager of the Special Projects Division.

For additional information on the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, please visit nationals.com/dream.

About Turner Construction Company
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902 in New York City, Turner has 5,200 employees worldwide and works on 1200 projects each year, for an annual construction volume of $8 billion. As the largest general builder in the United States, Turner ranks first or second in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, telecommunications, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, a publicly traded company, and one of the world’s leading international construction service providers.

For more information please visit http://www.turnerconstruction.com.

HOCHTIEF is one of the leading international providers of construction-related services. With more than 80,000 employees and a sales volume of EUR 23.28 billion in FY 2011, the company is represented in all the world‘s major markets. With its core competencies in development, building and operation, the Group delivers services for the entire life cycle of infrastructure projects, real estate and facilities. The focus of the related business activities is on four strategic areas: energy infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, major cities, and resources. With its subsidiary Leighton (HOCHTIEF share around 54 percent), the Group is market leader in Australia. In the USA, the biggest construction market in the world, HOCHTIEF is the No. 1 general builder via its subsidiary Turner and, with Group company Flatiron, ranks among the most important players in the field of transportation infrastructure construction. Because of its engagement for sustainability, HOCHTIEF has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2006. Further information is available at http://www.hochtief.com/press.

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