Future City to Receive Prestgious Henry C. Turner Prize
DETROIT, MI Turner Construction Company and the National Building Museum announce that DiscoverE's Future City Competition will receive the 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction.
Turner established the prize and accompanying $25,000 honorarium at the National Building Museum to recognize an advance or high achievement and exemplary leadership in the construction industry.
Future City was selected for their dedication to inspiring and developing a passionate, informed, and STEM-literate (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce for the 21st centuryan ever-more diverse and inclusive pool of designers, engineers, and builders to lead the architecture, engineering, and construction industry into the future. For example, of the 40,000 students who participate in the Future City Program, nearly half are girls, 30 percent are minority students, and 33 percent are students from Title I schools.
The program engages students in creative and technical processes through which they imagine, design, and build cities of the future, tackling contemporary construction and sustainability challenges along the way, from managing storm water to generating green energy. The competition's 2017 challenge, The Power of Public Space, asks students to design a Future City that includes a network of innovative, multi-use public spaces that serve their city's diverse population.
"Engineers solve the world's problems and the Future City Competition is doing their part to encourage students to make the built environmentand in turn, the worlda better place," said Chris McFadden, Turner Vice President and member of the prize jury. "The program is also strongly aligned with Turner's own goals for education, which makes it a natural fit. Future City connects with an incredibly diverse range of students, providing the kind of exciting, hands-on experiences, resources, and mentorship that can make the difference between a student pursuing education a STEM career or not. We're proud to support and elevate the great work Future City is doing by presenting them with the Turner Prize."
The prize will be presented by Peter J. Davoren, President and Chief Executive Officer of Turner Construction, and Chase W. Rynd, President and Executive Director of the National Building Museum, at the Turner Innovation Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event will include a panel discussion and a student presentation.
"The Future City Competition is just one of the programs that make DiscoverE a national leader in educating the next generation of engineers and builders," said Chase W. Rynd. "This well-deserved prize will reinforce their targeted efforts and allow them to broaden and deepen their engagement with students."
The Future City Competition has big plans for the honorarium, which will support a number of strategic initiatives to enhance their programming. Three primary initiatives within the Future City program are:
Providing stipends to qualifying educators in under-served schools and communities in Future City regions, including Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, New York/Albany, Texas/North and Washington State.
Establishing a special award for construction innovation among Future City participants.
Supporting an annual Future City Program Handbook which is considered the central tool of the program by educators, mentors, and students alike.
"DiscoverE is deeply committed to ensuring that our programs are accessible to all students, regardless of gender, socio-economic status or background. The Turner Prize will greatly enhance our ability to serve this diverse spectrum of students," said Leslie Collins, Executive Director of DiscoverE. "Through these kinds of transformative collaborations with our partners, we are able to enhance our mission to develop the next generation of engineer innovators, spark the imaginations of middle schoolers, and open their eyes to the potential of the engineering profession."