Annual Turner Construction Company Innovation Summit Brings Together Thought Leaders to Discuss the Art and Science of Innovation

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Turner strengthens culture of creativity, innovation and continuous improvement with three-day conference

Turner Construction Company is pleased to announce the company will hold its second Innovation Summit November 3-5, bringing together a diverse group of employees and business leaders to share knowledge, learn from each other’s experience, and collaborate to develop and evaluate innovative ideas.

The Summit will feature discussions and workshops led by prominent innovation leaders including featured keynote speaker Captain Michael Abrashoff, world-renowned expert in innovation leadership and author of New York Times bestseller It’s Your Ship.

Additionally, Cary Evert, chief executive officer of Hilti, will talk about Hilti’s innovation and lean journey and their leadership strategies around organizational transformation, as well as their focus on improving employee and customer satisfaction.

Rob Mueller, Senior Technologist at NASA Kennedy Space Center and Co-Founder of Swamp Works—an innovation facility and lean method of generating "game changing" technologies for space exploration and to benefit humanity—will discuss the process and results of their recent public challenge: 3D Printed Habitats, which asked participants to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars.

Zack Rosenburg, co-founder of the St. Bernard Project, a not-for-profit organization that rebuilds homes affected by natural disasters in New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, and a number of other cities, will discuss the organization’s lean approach to the business of disaster relief and resiliency. Summit attendees will also take part in in a homebuild with St. Bernard Project as part of a community service initiative.

The Summit is intended to foster organic collaboration, creativity, and out-of-the-box thinking. Showcasing a variety of innovations, process improvements, concepts, and solutions ranging from the simple and practical to the complex and cutting-edge, the Summit will give participants a strong foundation upon which to begin developing and refining innovative ideas for implementation at Turner. And these ideas will, in turn, drive efficiency, productivity, and quality and increase the value of the services we offer our clients.

Offered in conjunction with the company’s annual Award for Innovation program, the 2015 Innovation Summit is key component in the framework of Turner’s broader innovation strategy. The Award program recognizes and rewards teams and individuals for implementation of innovative ideas that result in outstanding achievements within Turner. Employees have shared ideas to make Turner a better company through advances in technology, sustainability, lean practices, building information modeling, safety, community engagement, learning and development, and field operations. The teams that submit winning entries have been presented with awards and cash prizes totaling $175,000.

About Turner Construction Company
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of $10 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. For more information please visit

HOCHTIEF is one of the most international construction groups worldwide. The company delivers complex infrastructure projects, in some cases on the basis of concession models. The Group operates in the transportation infrastructure, energy infrastructure and social/urban infrastructure segments as well as in the contract mining business.

With about 53,000 employees and a sales volume of more than EUR 22 billion in FY 2014, HOCHTIEF is represented in all the world’s major markets. With its subsidiary CIMIC, 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

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