Clayco Donates 16 Laptops to Aid Construction Management Students in Need at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Clayco, a full-service design-build and construction firm headquartered in Chicago, has donated 16 laptops to aid Cal Poly construction management students in need.  

This gift of the Dell 5500 series computers was made possible, thanks to efforts by Clayco Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Tomislav Žigo, who is passionate about promoting construction innovation and investing in future leaders in the construction industry. 

Žigo has been implementing and using digital technology as a designer, builder, educator and researcher.  

“We were eager to jump in and support Cal Poly construction management students,” Žigo said. “We especially wanted to support students in need during the pandemic so they would not be limited by access to campus computer labs. During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to help the most vulnerable students stay in school, earn their degrees, and build a better future for themselves and our communities.”

Construction Management Department Head Jeong Woo added, “We realize that some of our students don't have laptops that can run basic construction software such as Bluebeam, AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks. This laptop support will help the students to better focus their attention on their academic success.

“We are indebted to Tomislav, as well as to Clayco’s Todd Finders, chief information officer; Frank May, vice president of recruiting; and Birttany Emmons, recruiting coordinator,” Woo continued.

Clayco is one of the newest members of CMAC (Construction Management Advisory Committee), which now has 170 members dedicated to increasing alumni involvement and strengthening student engagement with the Cal Poly Construction Management Department and industry practitioners.

About Clayco

Clayco, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a full-service, real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm known to deliver high-quality solutions to clients across North America. Founded in 1984, Clayco has revolutionized the design-build process, dramatically set new standards for collaborative design, construction quality and craftsmanship, efficient project management, cost containment and jobsite safety. With more than 2,600 employees across the country, it is one of the nation’s largest privately owned real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firms. It provides fast-track, efficient solutions for commercial, institutional, industrial and residential building projects. Year after year, Engineering News Record ranks Clayco as a top design-builder and contractor. 

About Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department
The Construction Management Department at Cal Poly is a tight knit group of faculty and staff working to provide its students the best possible education so that when they leave Cal Poly, they are ready to tackle the challenges they will encounter in the professional world. Students take a variety of classes, join one or more of our professional student organizations, and frequently intern with one of the many companies that visit the campus over the course of each year. Upon graduation, the department has virtually 100% placement in the construction industry.

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