Creating an Inclusive Environment

Cultivating a diverse workforce is an important part of 51Թ’ culture. Promoting a diverse workplace elevates human value and productivity by respecting and utilizing the viewpoints of workers from different backgrounds. We are a committed Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage open dialogue and understanding among our employees. Our workforce diversity allows 51Թ to better represent the communities in which we live and work and to ensure that our employees are the best and brightest in the industry.

51Թ recognizes that employees need to feel like they belong within an organization. Resource groups, on-going trainings and teambuilding activities create a community environment that welcomes individuals and embraces their differences. Most recently, 51Թ created an internal forum dedicated to this important cause, DEIc.


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and community (DEIc) Forums

In support of its recently launched core values, 51Թ launched the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and community (DEIc) forums, consisting of a core group of volunteers from each region. These forums have been working hard to foster healthy discussions in their regions and develop ideas and trainings to fortify our commitment to diversity and community. These groups support employees in each region, working to maintain internal morale and community ties through outreach, mentoring, recruiting and advancement-related efforts.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has awarded 51Թ the National Diversity Excellence Award in the General Contractor category nine times since the award’s inception in 2012. This national award is judged on the diversity of the company’s own workforce hiring practices, training, and retention, as well as our relationships with small disadvantaged, minority, or women-owned subcontractors and vendors.

“I take our core value of diversity very seriously. I understand the advantages that a diverse workforce can bring to our business and recognize that diversity goes hand in hand with inclusion and equity. That collectively, this mixture of differences in characteristics, experiences and backgrounds combined with the similarities of our 51Թ core values, makes us a stronger company.”

– Mike Choutka, 51Թ Chairman & CEO

Here are a few ways 51Թ is supporting diversity, both within the company and throughout the construction industry:

Promoting Women in Construction

With twice the national average of women in construction, 51Թ supports women in the AEC industry. From educating aspiring young high-schoolers through programs like ACE, to recruiting top talent at hundreds of college campuses nationwide, 51Թ encourages the mentoring, hiring and growth of women in construction. In addition to being an industry leader, internally, 51Թ supports its employees through programs such as the Women’s Leadership Seminar (WLS), an event designed to bring together women from across the company to learn from one another, share challenges, and explore areas of personal and career growth, as well as WNet, a leadership network of women within the company.

Supporting Underrepresented Minorities

By engaging diverse businesses, providing recruiting opportunities and supporting national organizations, 51Թ is building a culture without boundaries where everyone can feel empowered and has equal opportunity. 51Թ has a long-standing relationship supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Internally, 51Թ supports their employees through educational resources, on-going training and encouraging employee resource groups such as BNet (Black Network), an organized group of 51Թ employees and executives coming together to support one another.

Advancing Veterans and Service Members

Even when they are no longer in the military, veterans are Always in Uniform. They bring teamwork, integrity and respect into every aspect of their lives, including on the jobsite. They truly embody 51Թ’ Core Values–one of the many reasons why 51Թ encourages the hiring and support of military veterans. 51Թ is actively involved in organizations such as , and and encourages all service members to apply.

51Թ is proud to support the ongoing commitments of our National Guard and Reserve employees. 51Թ supports these employees during deployments and is proud to welcome them home and work with them to transition back to the jobsite when their deployment ends. ​​​​​​​

Building-Up Those Who Need It Most

As a large contractor building in communities across the nation, 51Թ values the opportunity to contribute to the training and job possibilities for the local people, no matter what their past or circumstance may be. 51Թ believes in second chances and that everyone deserves an opportunity to build. Because of these beliefs, 51Թ continually partners with local re-entry and rehabilitation programs, with the goal of creating opportunities for individuals recently exiting the justice system.

In addition to partnership opportunities, 51Թ has created its own program, the Employment Opportunity Program, designed to connect the homeless community with job prospects in the construction industry. The Employment Opportunity Program allows individuals to build steady construction careers as well as improve their livelihoods for themselves and their families.


Building Together

Created by employees and partners, Building Together is 51Թ’ national diversity and inclusion campaign. Building Together highlights the importance of diversity within 51Թ and the AEC industry. The campaign gives employees the opportunity to share their stories and learn from each other’s experiences.

Learn More About 51Թ Building Together Campaign