Building a Better Way

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Building a Better Way: Turner Construction Company has been in the forefront of innovation in the American construction industry since 1902. Drawing on this background CEO Peter Davoren will discuss how the people of Turner are encouraged to think differently about the building process. Touching on the importance of creating the right environment in the company and how it’s adoption of a Lean framework and it’s approaches to safety, sustainability, building information modeling (BIM) and other innovations have helped Turner deliver greater value to its clients. Peter will also invite discussion on the future of design, engineering and construction.


Peter J. Davoren is President and Chief Executive Officer of Turner Construction Company.

Peter joined Turner in 1978 and has held a wide variety of assignments in the delivery of the company’s work. Peter was named as Vice President of the company in 1995 and Senior Vice President in 2000. Peter was appointed President of Turner Construction Company in 2003 and Chief Executive Officer of The Turner Corporation in 2007.

Under Peter’s leadership, Turner has expanded its North America operations into Canada and Mexico and has increased its presence in Asia, India and Europe. The company is consistently ranked as a leader in a wide variety of building categories including sports, healthcare, commercial offices, government, education and entertainment. In addition, Turner has earned recognition as the leader in the delivery of green building projects and for the utilization of Building Information Modeling tools. The company has also been recognized for its supplier diversity program and as one of the top 50 organizations dedicated to developing multicultural business opportunities.

Peter is driving the adoption of a lean culture in the company in order to create and sustain a positive environment for our employees and partners, and to deliver better value to our customers.

Peter is active in industry groups and organizations. He serves as a Director of the Contractors’ Association of Greater New York (CAGNY) and Vice Chairman of the ACE Mentor Program. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable, the Columbia Engineering Board of Visitors and was named one of the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by STEMconnector.

Please join the School of Building Construction for this talk. The lecture is scheduled for Monday, April 18, 6:15PM in the COA Auditorium. 


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