WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As the lead contractor for the MTTG Joint Venture team responsible for designing and building the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, Turner Construction Company (TCC) continues to commemorate this historic project by celebrating living pioneers in the architecture, engineering and construction industries. TCC specifically recognizes its Sr. Vice President of Community Affairs Mr. Hilton O. Smith, as a Lifetime Pioneer.
MTTG Joint Venture (comprised of McKissack & McKissack, Turner Construction Company, Tompkins Builders and Gilford) was selected as the architect and builder for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall which will be officially dedicated by President Barack Obama on Sunday, October 16, 2011.
"Our collective strength, experience and track record, as the premier builder in the nation, helped convince the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation Board of Directors that Turner should be the contractor of choice," says Smith commenting on how Turner Construction was selected as the lead contractor. "Our experience building projects on the mall weighed heavily in our favor."
Throughout his illustrious career Mr. Smith has spearheaded the corporate efforts to award over $19 billion in contract awards to minority and woman owned businesses. "Certainly, our history of supporting and working with minority and women-owned business enterprises was a major factor," continues Smith. "Overall, we are blessed to have had the opportunity to construct the renowned Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial."
Mr. Smith has been invited by the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation as a VIP to be seated in the forecourt to witness the ceremony.
About Turner Construction Company: Turner provides building services to institutions that recognize the value of a partner who works diligently and creatively to find the best possible solution for each particular project. With annual construction volume of $8 billion, Turner ranks first or second in major segments of the construction industry. Turner maintains a nationwide network of offices and a staff of more than 5,000 employees, performing work on over 1,200 projects each year. Turner's nationwide presence offers clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the strength, stability and resources of a national corporation.
SOURCE Turner Construction Company