In 1987, Juan-Miguel Villar Mir, president and chairman of the board of directors of Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL), acquired the company on the verge of disappearing. Twenty-five years later, the global construction multinational OHL Group boasts sales of $6.3 billion, leading major projects in more than 40 countries. As OHL expands its presence in the United States, FIU is honored to partner with the corporation in support of the OHL School of Construction, the first named school in the history of the FIU College of Engineering and Computing.
“FIU’s program will move forward at a faster pace with OHL’s investment in and commitment to mutual values of excellence, sustainability, diversity, progress, economic development and quality of life,” said Villar Mir. “We look for the OHL School of Construction to become one of the top programs of its kind in the U.S. and abroad.”
Established in 1973, the construction management program at FIU is a leading local and national supplier of construction management executives, distinguished as the largest graduate program in Florida. The support of OHL will empower the School to become an international center for excellence in construction education. In alignment with the expansion priorities of OHL, partnership with FIU will address the growing demand for diverse construction industry professionals locally and throughout the southeast U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.
“With a global presence in the Dominican Republic and Panama, and strong executive and online offerings, our construction program is already Worlds Ahead,” said Amir Mirmiran, dean of FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing . “This generous gift will place the OHL School of Construction in an elite group of national and international peers.”