Bob Scaer, PE, Gannett Fleming’s chairman and CEO, with this year’s Innovation Challenge winner David Grabowski, PEng.
Gannett Fleming’s innovative culture is a critical ingredient to delivering excellence to our clients and the communities we serve. It is on full display during the firm’s annual Innovation Summit, during which leadership names the Innovation Challenge and President’s Innovation Award winners.
“Our innovation culture is deeply rooted at Gannett Fleming, and our annual competition provides an opportunity for our employees to showcase their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Bob Scaer, PE, chairman and CEO. “Thanks to a record number of submissions and energized employees who passionately defended their innovative ideas during our Innovation Summit, Gannett Fleming will continue to deliver the best value and build resilience in both design and construction.”
The Innovation Challenge encourages the bright minds at Gannett Fleming to conceptualize solutions for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) by leveraging the firm’s thought leadership in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.
This year’s Innovation Challenge topic was “Transforming the Human Experience,” and all employees were encouraged to submit ideas that would create positive societal change or improve communities. Gannett Fleming also recognizes employees through the President’s Innovation Award, which acknowledges initiatives that have already positively impacted the AEC industry. Winners receive a cash prize and the mentorship of Innovation Director Jamie Christensen.
“Beyond the award programs, we’ve taken innovation to the next level by hosting a new Innovation Jumpstart Program, which helps interested employees hone their ideas and collaborate across the firm,” said Christensen. “Our innovative culture deepens interdisciplinary relationships, as business groups across the firm create working groups, talk about their successes and lessons learned, and organically continue to collaborate to reach the best solutions for our clients.”