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BuILdING FOR HOmE ANd COmmuNITY
NSBE’s Steve Earl
“You have to get everyone to believe that building it the right way the first time is the best way.”
By Phaedra Brotherton
I wanted to go further into civil engineering and get into city planning. I’m still thinking about that as an option of something I want to do.” For now, Earl has an impressive track record, big responsibilities and a promising future as a field engineer for Turner Construction Company, where he’s worked for the past six years. He’s now working on what he calls “the biggest project of my career”: the construction of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, in Virginia. The $807million, 1.3 million-square-foot facility will take over some of the services now being offered at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. That center is being closed as part of the 2005 Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).
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teve Earl of Chester, Pa., first became interested in civil engineering in high school, after hearing a professor from Widener University talk about how civil engineers could build buildings and other structures. That sparked an interest in him, he says, because he came from a “broke down” city and was interested in the idea of helping rebuild it. Because he was from a military family, he was also intrigued by the notion of building his own home. “When I (was growing) up, my family was always on the move, in a different apartment. We never had a house. Dad was in the Navy, so we always had to travel,” says Earl. “When I got older, I wanted to be in a profession to build my own house, build buildings and restructure cities.
NSBE member Steve Earl of Turner Construction Company is a superintendent on the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital construction project in Virginia.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NSBE - Convention 2011
Nsbe - Convention 2011
The Essence of Engineering
Flipping the Script on Retention
Nsbe’s New High-Tech Hook-Ups!
The Programs Zone
David Anfield of Walmart
Kerry Nichols of NAVAIR
Arthur Hall of Philadelphia Gas Works
Kevin Engram of Illinois Tool Works
Dr. Kevin M. Carter of MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Mack Named Clarkson University Trustee
National Advisory Board Update
Nsbe Honors a Diversity ‘champion’
Things to Do in St. Louis
Golden Torch Award Winners
NSBE’s Steve Earl: Building for Home and Community
NSBE - Convention 2011