Simpson Strong-Tie and Cal Poly University recently celebrated the grand opening of the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab. As part of the university’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the new 7,000-square-foot facility provides a hands-on learning environment for students. The Lab is designed so students can build and test full-scale models and building components.
Members of the Construction Management Department as well as the president of Cal Poly, Dr. Robert Glidden, kicked off the dedication ceremony. “Simpson Strong-Tie has been an important partner to Cal Poly for many years,” Glidden remarked. “The new lab represents an exciting new phase in this partnership as it will provide students with hands-on experience using state-of-the-art technology to learn the fundamentals of construction management.”
Chairman and founder of Simpson Strong-Tie Barclay Simpson, who visited the new lab and spoke at the ceremony, said, “Simpson Strong-Tie is honored to contribute to this outstanding project. The lab will be a great platform for interactive learning, but it’s Cal Poly’s talented faculty and students who will bring it to life and influence the future of building technology. Continued innovation and discovery are so important to architecture and construction, and this laboratory is a key addition to the Construction Innovations Center.”
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