Eric Van Hook, Turner Construction Company
by Benjamin Fang
May 09, 2018 | 17765 views | 0 0 comments | 1879 1879 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For one week in early May each year, employees at Turner Construction Company volunteer their time and expertise on various community projects throughout the city.

Eric Van Hook, project executive at Turner, was leading his crew at the Farragut Houses in Brooklyn. Together, they rebuilt the deteriorating hardwood floor at the community center’s basketball court, as well as repainted the walls and guardrails.

“It’s very important for Turner to give back to the community they’re working in,” Van Hook said. “We make special efforts to get the entire company involved.”

The company was founded more than a century ago, and each year, workers take time to give back.

“That’s what they were founded on,” Van Hook said. “That was part of their belief, morals and makeup, that they need to give back to the communities they’re working in.”

Van Hook said he’s worked on several projects in the borough, including new developments at Pacific Park.

He said he hopes the residents at Farragut Houses, a public housing development, will be happy they can use their gym again.

“Every little bit helps, that’s really what we’re out to do,” he said. “It’s not always about writing a check. It’s about getting there, getting involved and making a difference.”

An added bonus to the Founders Week volunteerism is that it boosts morale. Van Hook said workers get to know one another, even those who are in other parts of the city and work on different projects.

“You’re gathering as a team and helping to do something for a good cause,” he said. “They’re all taking time off from their busy jobs to come out here today, so it’s great.”

(Benjamin Fang)
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