16:12 | 18.12.2017
Balfour Beatty Honored by COMTO Southern California Chapter with Member of the Year Award

The Conference
of Minority Transportation Officials’ (COMTO) Southern California
Regional Chapter has honored Balfour Beatty with its Member of the
Year award. A national advocacy organization, COMTO’s mission is to
ensure opportunities and maximum participation for minority
professionals and businesses in the transportation industry. Balfour
Beatty was recognized with the chapter’s Member of the Year award at its
scholarship and recognition awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Each year, the COMTO Southern California Chapter honors its members and
local students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the transportation
industry, significantly help enhance COMTO’s reputation and make a
measurable impact on the community. The Member of the Year award
recognizes corporate members that consistently go above and beyond in
providing exemplary support for COMTO, and promote diversity and
economic development of small and emerging businesses in the
transportation industry.

“At Balfour Beatty, building sustainable relationships and partnering
with small, minority, and women-owned businesses is more than a
corporate social responsibility policy, we believe it helps us drive
innovation, new ideas and better support the communities where we
build,” said Joe Reed, vice president of alternative delivery at Balfour
Beatty. “Our strong belief in promoting diversity makes being recognized
by COMTO’s Southern California Chapter as its Member of the Year
especially gratifying. We highly value the relationships and experiences
we’ve gained through COMTO over the years, and look forward to
supporting its mission well into the future.”

One example of Balfour Beatty’s commitment to the community and
education is the unique relationship it has formed with the Inglewood
Unified School District. Together with its LINXS Joint Venture team,
Balfour Beatty engineers mentor MESA (mathematics, engineering, science
achievement) students at the district’s Monroe Middle School. Recently,
in preparation for the countywide MESA competition, the Balfour Beatty
team helped Monroe students understand the concepts of structural
engineering by building bridges with popsicle sticks.

“When students can talk to and learn from professionals, it connects
what they study in school with its real-life application,” said Dr.
D’Artagnan Scorza, board member, Inglewood Unified School District. “I’m
thrilled to learn how the Balfour Beatty team members’ involvement
encourages our students to stay committed to math and science, and
pursue their passion. Our partnership with Balfour Beatty and LINXS,
which is commendable and much appreciated, is key to the Inglewood
School District. I look forward to it lasting for a long time.”
Founded in 1971, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
(COMTO) was created to provide a forum for minority professionals in the
transportation industry. COMTO’s mission is to ensure opportunities and
maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority
individuals, businesses, and communities of color, through advocacy,
information sharing, training, education, and professional development.
The organization membership includes individuals, groups, transportation
agencies, private sector corporations, non-profit organizations, and
Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs).
About Balfour Beatty
Balfour Beatty is an industry-leading provider of general contracting,
at-risk construction management and design-build services for public and
private sector clients across the United States. Performing heavy civil
and vertical construction, the company is part of Balfour
Beatty plc (LSE: BBY), a leading international infrastructure group
that provides innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our
daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth.
Consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors,
Balfour Beatty is the No. 6 Domestic Building Contractor in the United
States as ranked by Engineering News-Record. To learn more, visit

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