February 1, 2024

Celebrating Black History Month in the Construction Industry

What does Black History Mean in the Construction Industry?

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the rich history and invaluable contributions of Black individuals who have left an incredible mark across various industries. In the construction sector, the narrative is no different. As we embrace Black History Month, let’s explore the stories, achievements, and legacies within our construction industry.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion starts with Culture.

Embracing diverse perspectives enriches our collective experience, fuels innovation, and propels us forward. When diversity is welcomed and celebrated, our construction community strengthens, creating an environment where everyone can succeed.

Pioneers in Construction

Pioneering architects like Paul Revere Williams and Norma Merrick Sklarek broke barriers and shaped the architectural landscape. Williams, the first Black member of the American Institute of Architects, crafted iconic structures, including the Theme Building at LAX. Sklarek, often hailed as the “Rosa Parks of Architecture,” shattered norms, becoming the first Black woman licensed as an architect in the United States. These trailblazers not only designed structures but also paved the way for future generations.

Fostering Diversity and Inclusivity

Efforts are being made to advance and celebrate diversity to create a more inclusive industry. Hensel Phelps has paved the way through their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program, winning the ABC National Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Excellence award nine times!

As a minority-owned company, CEO and Founder Dan Puente created a company where every worker could thrive, cultivating a more inclusive construction industry. DP Electric has been chosen as Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2023 for excellence in diversity, equity, inclusion, innovation, leadership, social responsibility, workplace culture, and customer opinion.

A Stronger Industry Culture

Embracing diversity and inclusion in construction ensures a richer tapestry of talent and innovation and ultimately contributes to a stronger and more vibrant industry. As we commemorate Black History Month, let it serve as a reminder of the importance of community and the limitless potential that arises when we build a future that embraces all people within our workforce and extend our commitment to future generations.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation’s Construction Workforce Initiative, Build Your Future Arizona’s mission is to create a sustainable and skilled craft workforce by creating awareness about high-paying construction careers, training opportunities and mapping career paths to employment in these high-demand occupations.