Simpson Strong-Tie Lab Opens at Cal Poly


Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson
and Cal
Poly University
celebrated the
grand opening of the Simpson Strong-Tie Materials Demonstration Lab on
Friday, October 22, at a dedication ceremony held at the new lab. As
part of the university’s College of Architecture and
Environmental Design, the new facility provides a hands-on learning
environment for students.

Members of the Construction Management Department as well as the
president of Cal Poly, Dr. Robert Glidden, kicked off the October 22nd
dedication ceremony. Glidden remarked, “Simpson Strong-Tie
has been an important partner to Cal Poly for many years. 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.”

Following Cal Poly’s motto of “Learn by
Doing,” the 7,000-square-foot Simpson Strong-Tie Materials
Demonstration Lab is designed so students can build and test full-scale
models and building components.

The lab itself is built with a variety of materials, including heavy
timber braced framing, engineered wood, cast-in-place concrete walls,
translucent polycarbonate wall panels and several Simpson Strong-Tie
products. “The lab is intended to show students how
architectural design, engineering and construction work closely
together,” said Al Hauck, construction management department

As a long-term supporter of Cal Poly, Simpson Strong-Tie has
coordinated student workshops, provided scholarships and served on
college advisory committees. In 2004, the company donated $500,000 to
help fund the new lab. Alan Hanson, southern California sales manager
for Simpson Strong-Tie and member of the college’s
Dean’s Leadership Council served as the key liaison on the
project. “This is an example of the kind of partnership that
touches so many people, from individual students to the college as a
whole,” said College Dean R. Thomas Jones.  

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