LSU College of Engineering, Turner Family, Turner Industries Celebrate Dedication of LSU Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management
BATON ROUGE - Members of the Turner family and representatives of Turner Industries joined LSU President F. King Alexander, LSU College of Engineering Dean Judy Wornat, and faculty, staff, and students for an April 6 dedication of the LSU Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management. The department is housed in the new Patrick F. Taylor Hall, the largest academic building in Louisiana and one of the largest freestanding engineering academic buildings in the nation.
The Bert and Sue Turner Family, of Turner Industries Group LLC, unanimously supported a $5-million gift from Turner Industries to name the Department of Construction Management in honor of the late Bert S. Turner’s many contributions to Louisiana and, in particular, higher education. The gift was instrumental in making the new building a reality. Patrick F. Taylor Hall, a $114-million project, is one of the largest public-private partnerships in Louisiana and LSU’s most successful fundraising project to date, with $57 million contributed by donors and matched dollar-for-dollar by the State of Louisiana.
“My family and I are happy to be a part of this celebration, and we are thankful to see our father’s legacy honored in this way,” said Thomas Turner.
A 1943 graduate of LSU Mechanical Engineering, Bert S. Turner was a leader in his industry and community. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As commander of an engineering aviation battalion, he spent 26 months overseas in the Pacific Theater, building roads, facilities and airstrips in the jungles of Southeast Asia. After the war, Turner began his professional career at the Louisiana Division of Esso Standard Oil Company and later worked for Nichols Construction Company. He went on to purchase the assets of Nichols Construction Company and transformed the small, local business into a powerhouse of the construction industry.
Bert S. Turner served as president of the Industrial Contractors’ Association, the Associated Maintenance Contractors, the Baton Rouge Safety Council, the Baton Rouge Jaycees and the Young Presidents’ Organization of Louisiana. He also served as chairman of the Gulf Coast Labor Policy Committee, the City Parish Airport Study Committee, the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. His commitment to improving higher education in Louisiana included longtime philanthropic support of LSU, service on the Louisiana Board of Regents, and as chair of both the LSU Board of Supervisors and the LSU Foundation Board of Directors.
“We are honored that Bert Turner is a part of our LSU history, and we are so proud to have the LSU Department of Construction Management bear his name,” Wornat said.
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