01/27/2014 10:46 AM
BATON ROUGE – MMR Group recently announced a $1 million gift to the LSU College of
Engineering. MMR, headquartered in Baton Rouge with 20 branch offices throughout North
and South America, is the largest open-shop electrical and instrumentation construction
firm in the United States. The donation will further elevate the Construction Management
program’s prominence by providing state-of-the-art learning spaces to better prepare
its students for successful employment in the construction industry.
According to “Louisiana Economic Outlook: 2014 and 2015,” Baton Rouge’s economy alone
is motivated by $34.7 billion in current or proposed industrial construction projects.
With the influx of upcoming work, the need for contract workers is expected to double
over the next two years. MMR is in the midst of this construction and manufacturing
resurgence as major industrial expansions have propelled job growth in the Gulf South
“With the abundance of construction projects on the horizon for Baton Rouge and throughout
the Gulf Coast, the need to attract skilled construction management personnel is imperative
to the success of our industry,” said MMR President and CEO James “Pepper” Rutland.
“We are proud to support LSU’s Construction Management program and its mission to
deliver the most qualified graduates needed to lead these industry projects.”
MMR’s gift will provide the Construction Management program with a Building Simulation
and Information Modeling Studio and a new Advanced Materials and Methods Laboratory.
Both labs will support the construction management undergraduate curriculum and provide
innovative research opportunities.
“We thank MMR Group for their support to the LSU College of Engineering,” said LSU
President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “This donation strengthens LSU’s ability
to produce the next generation of great construction management graduates. With the
governor and state’s push for workforce development, support from local firms like
MMR helps to ensure that we are meeting the increasing workforce and innovation needs.”
Recently named Engineering News Record of Texas & Louisiana’s 2013 Specialty Contractor,
MMR accelerated to the trade magazine's top spot by increasing its revenue by 132
percent between 2011 and 2012, the largest growth of any specialty contractor on the
list. MMR reported revenue of $712 million in 2012 and expects to exceed $800 million
Rutland, a 1972 LSU Construction Management alumnus, attributes MMR’s success largely
to its unique ability to work across industry lines, serving the onshore, offshore,
energy sector, petrochemical industries, and more.
“LSU’s College of Engineering is committed to providing workforce solutions for Louisiana
by offering a world class education in an environment that promotes innovation and
leadership,” said Rick Koubek, dean of LSU’s College of Engineering. “Thanks to the
support of MMR, the new Construction Management teaching labs will complement the
College’s strategic research focus on natural and built infrastructure.”
Founded in 1908, the LSU College of Engineering offers eleven undergraduate degree
programs and confers approximately 650 bachelor’s degrees per year, ranking it in
the top 10 percent nationally for graduates. In 2013, it became the largest college
in Louisiana and the fifth fastest growing engineering college in the nation. One-hundred-and-thirty-five
faculty members engage in education, research, and commercialization with a strategic
focus on research indigenous to Louisiana: energy and environmental sustainability,
and natural and built infrastructure.
For more information about LSU's College of Engineering visit www.eng.lsu.edu.
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014