The University of Houston and Fluor are partnering to promote state-of-the-art training for students in the UH Department of Construction Management. The partnership was cemented with a $1 million grant from the Fluor Foundation, Fluor’s philanthropic organization, which UH will use as a research grant to implement the project’s goals. It is a record grant for the construction management program.
The department offers two programs: an industrial track, designed to train leaders for large-scale projects, including refineries and petrochemical plants, and a commercial building track. Industrial construction – especially along the Gulf Coast – is booming; the American Chemistry Council says over 261 new chemical production projects have been announced since 2010, with a value of $158 billion.
The UH program is the nation’s only construction management program to require that students pass the eight-hour American Institute of Constructors’ certification exam before graduating. Three UH students have earned the highest score in the nation since 2013. The partnership will support implementation of a Work-Integrated Program into the industrial construction management curriculum by incorporating industry best practices, lessons learned and real-world project examples, ensuring students are trained on current challenges and scenarios instead of through historical case studies.