At Balfour Beatty, our ultimate purpose is to make a positive difference in the lives of the people of Jacksonville. Being long-standing community partners with strong roots in Jacksonville - building community is our mission. Committed to cultivating a culture of giving, Dave Campbell, Project Executive, and his team are always in search of ways to lend their community a helping hand. From supporting the local United Way to Tools 4 Clay Schools, to donating Christmas trees to local organizations, and volunteering their time at the Ronald McDonald House in Jacksonville, there’s no shortage of pride for their local community. Our team’s commitment to being a Relentless Ally goes far beyond their clients and partners; it goes deep into the heart of the communities where they live and work to make a difference.
As a community partnership initiative, the MOSH (Museum of Science and History) in Jacksonville developed the “Taking STEM into STEAM” education program to help inspire kids to foster a love of lifelong learning. The event, supporting local at-risk local schools, helps students explore innovation, art, and science to solve problems, learn about the environment and bring their artistic creations to life. When Dave heard the MOSH Museum, originally built by Balfour Beatty in 1988, needed support from community partners to make the program a success, he volunteered his support. Accompanied by trade partners CMTS; a local DBE firm Balfour Beatty has collaborated with for over 10-years, the firms have volunteered their time and resources to the endeavor for the past three years. Donating 40 3D modeling pens to help support the curriculum, staff got the chance to not only support a worthwhile cause but experience the student’s joy for innovation first-hand. “Getting an opportunity to sponsor such an outstanding STEM program that directly supports kids in our local community is a truly rewarding experience,” recalls Dave. “This project provides a meaningful opportunity for us to partner with MOSH Museum and CMTS to expose students to STEM and help Jacksonville develop the next generation of innovators. We look forward to continuing our community partnership for years to come.” As a result of their efforts, the team hopes the program is the first step to prepping today’s students for a lifetime of success in STEM.