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    Balfour Beatty Construction leads the way for diversity in Central Florida

    January 14, 2014

    ORLANDO – Balfour Beatty Construction received high honors at the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida’s (AACCCF) annual Eagle Award Ceremony held on January 11. At the ceremony, the AACCCF honored Balfour Beatty Construction with a Corporate Recognition Award. This award is given to an organization or corporation that has made exceptional contributions and connections to the African American business community in Central Florida.
    Celebrating its 8th year, the Eagle Awards Ceremony recognizes the achievements and leadership of local African American businesses and entrepreneurs as well as the diversity initiatives of corporations and organizations. Awards were also presented in the following categories: Emerging Business, Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Eagle Award recognizing an exceptional African American business.  
    “Balfour Beatty Construction consistently demonstrates our commitment to the entire construction community by creating opportunities for a diverse workforce within our region,” said Scott Skidelsky, executive vice president for Balfour Beatty Construction in Florida and member of the AACCCF Board of Directors since 2011. “We strive to create an environment in which the richness and diversity each culture brings to Central Florida is recognized and celebrated.”
    The company’s Florida division has a proven history of mentoring and capacity building among minority firms as well as exceeding diversity goals on projects. Under Balfour Beatty Construction’s leadership, one of Orlando’s most notable projects, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, is on-track to achieve an impressive 39% minority/women disadvantage enterprise (M/WDE) participation, an accomplishment that far exceeds the goal of 24% originally set for the project. Four minority subcontractor firms have also entered into mentor/protégé relationships on the Dr. Phillips project. Balfour Beatty Construction has also partnered with fAAive minority firms, each of which plays an integral role in the project and has staff members fully embedded within the project team.
    “Balfour Beatty Construction’s performance in the area of minority-owned and/or women-[owned] business contracting and subcontracting has surpassed that of any company that I have ever worked with,” said Janeiro Reginald Coulter, BLUEPRINT special projects manager Orlando venues for the City of Orlando.
    For more information about Balfour Beatty Construction’s commitment to developing a strong and vibrant multicultural workforce, visit http://careers.balfourbeattyus.com/