Innovators at Turner Recognized for Outstanding Achievement

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Turner Construction Company’s Innovation Award program recognizes and rewards employees for development and implementation of innovative ideas

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The diversity of the applications demonstrates that employees from every job family and at every level of the company are engaged in trying to make Turner the best builder it can be.

Turner is pleased to announce the winners of the Turner Construction Company Award for Innovation.

The award recognizes and rewards individuals and groups for the development and implementation of ideas that have resulted in outstanding achievement at Turner.

Now in its fourth year, the program offers four levels of cash prizes up to $10,000 and provides teams the opportunity to request resources for the further development of an innovative idea. Since the company launched the award, more than 900 employees have shared their ideas to make Turner a better company, and winning teams have earned $225,000 in prizes.

Determined by a jury of Turner’s Regional Lean Managers, this year’s winning teams were selected from more than 100 applications. Their engagement reflects the passion and creativity of Turner’s employees, and a strong culture of continuous improvement.

The two top winners for 2015 offered solutions to issues faced every day at Turner and across the construction industry: Ray LaFuente’s submission addressed the continuous improvement of the safety, health, and wellbeing of Turner’s people and partners on jobsites, and Juliet Menditto and Lisa Hickerson’s submission addressed standardization of key business practices to improve the efficiency of preconstruction activities. Peter Davoren, president and chief executive officer, formally presented them with their awards at a recent meeting of Turner’s senior leadership.

“This year’s award applications address a broad range of topics, from building a culture of safety and supporting the adoption of lean practices, to facilitating access to resources and tools and enhancing employee connectivity,” said Jim Barrett, chief innovation officer. “The diversity of the applications demonstrates that employees from every job family and at every level of the company are engaged in trying to make Turner the best builder it can be. It also reflects the strong alignment of our people with the goals and strategies that drive us as we pursue our company vision.”

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 $9 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 nearly 81,000 employees and a sales volume of more than EUR 25 billion in FY 2013, HOCHTIEF is represented in all the world’s major markets. With its subsidiary Leighton, 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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