Building New York While Building Families: Workers at the TWA Hotel Construction Site Benefit from Access to Nursing Station

July 18, 2018


Nursing mothers working at the TWA Hotel construction site now have a convenient, comfortable and private place to pump: a lactation pod. Designed by Mamava, the mobile pod — which has a smart lock, power outlets and a seating area — will be located at the site as the hotel’s 512 guest rooms and 50,000 square feet of event space are completed for a spring 2019 opening. The pod is the first of many Turner will deploy on projects across the country.

“More than 400 people come to work each day to build the TWA Hotel,” says Mary Mahany, Senior Project Manager at Turner Construction Company. “Offering mothers access to a Mamava pod within an active construction site, which itself is located within a very busy and active airport, is an important way we welcome mothers back from having children. This is a huge part of what it means to support and advance the role of women in the workforce.”

“We are proud that the TWA Hotel is the first location to host Turner’s pioneering initiative to provide nursing mothers with dedicated, private lactation space on an active construction site,” says Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and MORSE Development, the developer behind the TWA Hotel. “We are committed to giving women greater opportunities in the building trades industry.”

Both MCR and Turner have also championed female construction and trade workers in a variety of ways including through their support of Nontraditional Employment for Women, a nonprofit organization that prepares, trains and places women in construction careers.

Turner is adding pods to a number of construction sites around New York City and across the United States. “More than 50,000 people come to work on Turner projects every day, and women make up a bigger part of that group than ever,” adds Mahany. “Between our Turner staff and trade partners, engineers and architects, consultants and visitors, the chance of one being a nursing mother is high. A nursing pod is an incredibly simple and yet meaningful way to make coming back to work more convenient and comfortable for moms.”

About Turner Construction Company 
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of $11 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. For more information please visit http://www.turnerconstruction.com.

About MCR 
Based in New York City, MCR is the seventh-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States with a $2.0 billion portfolio of 85 premium-branded hotels across 26 states and 67 cities, including The High Line Hotel, an adaptive reuse hotel, in Manhattan, and the TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport scheduled to open in spring 2019. For more information, please visit http://www.mcrinvestors.com.

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