Community Impact Report Q3 2018

Feature Story: Fluor Foundation Pledges $500,000 to the International African American Museum

To help the International African American Museum’s (IAAM) Founders Fund reach its funding goal, the Fluor Foundation pledged $500,000 to the effort.

The Foundation's support of the IAAM Founders Fund is consistent with its mission to invest in community-building strategies and programs that strengthen society and encourage lasting change. The museum, in Charleston, South Carolina, will serve as an educational institution, providing hands-on, interactive learning experiences for children and adults. Educational outreach and programming opportunities will allow learning to go beyond the walls of the museum and into the classrooms, benefiting local and regional communities.

Fluor’s investment will support the design and construction of the museum. Fluor will be recognized as the sponsor of the African Roots gallery, which will focus on major regions in the Upper Guinea Coast and West Central Africa and the diverse ethnicities within these regions that represent the origins of African ancestors in North America.

“Fluor has been a major corporation in South Carolina for more than 80 years and now operates in six continents,” said Michael Boulware Moore, IAAM president and chief executive officer. “While based in Charleston, the International African American Museum will convey critical chapters of history that are relevant to people across the nation and the world, in all of the communities that Fluor serves.”

“Fluor values diversity and has always prioritized education,” said Torrence Robinson, president of the Fluor Foundation and Fluor’s senior director of Global Community Affairs. "The IAAM’s function as a center of learning and serving students, not only in South Carolina but across the nation through digital engagement, aligned perfectly with our objectives. We look forward to watching this institution come to fruition and educate students for years to come.”

The museum is set to break ground by May 2019 and open in late 2020. To learn more about the International African American Museum’s mission, features and exhibits, and the history of Charleston, visit iaamuseum.org.

IAAM and Fluor Foundation directors

From left to right: Joseph P. Riley, Jr., IAAM board member and former Charleston mayor; Torrence Robinson, Fluor's senior director of Global Community Affairs and president of the Fluor Foundation; Michael Boulware Moore, IAAM president and chief executive officer; and Brenda Tindal, IAAM director of Education and Engagement.

International African-American Museum rendering

Rendering of the International African-American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina

Fluor Partner Profile: Connecting the Classroom with the Real World

There is a growing need for a better-educated and highly-skilled workforce, yet there is often disconnect between graduating students’ skills and the jobs available. In an effort to better connect the classroom and the real world, Fluor’s Cebu, Philippines office, University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) in Cebu, Philippines, and Intergraph Smart® 3D software developer Hexagon (formerly Intergraph) partnered to smoothly bridge classroom learning and the competencies needed in the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction industry.

Smart 3D is a next-generation 3D-design software, which combines solutions for the process, offshore, shipbuilding and metals and mining industries. Fluor acquired licenses for the university to begin teaching the software in 2013. Fluor employees participated in faculty immersion sessions, which taught university instructors the application so they could transfer the skill to their students.

Fluor and its partners invested over $2 million to make this program a reality. This included providing USJR with state-of-the-art computers and Smart 3D software, refurbishing its computer lab and developing the software elective course.

“This elective is the first of its kind in our country and has served as a template for our other university programs,” said German Camigla, Fluor Philippines executive sponsor for Community Affairs. “This is now self-sustained, and we believe it’s an excellent endeavor, because not only are we arming the students with the right technical knowledge, but we are also giving them the edge in the marketplace when they graduate.”

After taking the course, students can confidently enter into the workforce knowing they have the skills needed to gain sustainable employment. To date, more than 500 students have completed the elective. Seventeen of those students have been hired by Fluor, with other graduates able to use their skills in their chosen employment.

The program will run through 2019. Fluor continues to invest in programs and initiatives that support higher education and help develop a skilled workforce.

Fluor-sponsored computer lab at University of San Jose Recoletos

Fluor-sponsored computer lab at University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu, Philippines

Students work with Smart® 3D software

Students work with Smart® 3D software

Home before refurbishment

Home before refurbishment

Home after refurbishment

Home after refurbishment

Fluor Cares Profile: Fluor Volunteers Build More Than Our Projects

In celebration of Construction Week, a group of Fluor employees in Freeport, Texas, worked with the Freeport Police Department to identify two homes that were in desperate need of repair. One home belonged to 98-year-old Martha Louise Vance, and the other belonged to a couple in their 80s.

Fluor led the refurbishment initiative and received support from vendors and subcontractors. The refurbishment for the first home lasted eight weeks, and the second lasted five weeks. A total of 45 individuals volunteered their time, contributing approximately 1,650 volunteer hours. The project collected more than $13,000 in donations and materials, and a local home improvement retailer provided the team with a 40 percent discount on additional materials.

Home repairs ranged from exterior painting to replacing the roofs, and volunteers took the time to find out the needs of the families.

“We can’t say enough good things about our experience with the people from Fluor,” said Tanya Sharp, daughter of Martha Louise Vance, whose home was refurbished by Fluor-led volunteers. “The volunteers were so nice and respectful of my mom and went above and beyond what they went there to do. They gave her what she needed most - a new roof - but they did so many extra things, too. The volunteers gave up their Saturdays and many evenings after work. They missed time with their families. Some volunteers have said they’ll be back to visit, and we hope they do, but if we never see any of them again, we will never forget them and will continue to pray for them and be thankful for their generosity.”