Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- February 15, 2006
Cal Poly to Launch California Center for Construction
Education with Grant from the Charles Pankow Foundation
The Charles Pankow Foundation has awarded the new California Center for
Construction Education a $100,000 grant to expand undergraduate offerings
in design-build education across the nation. The center is part of the Cal
Poly Construction Management Department.
The grant will also support a national design-build educator conference
for construction management, architecture and engineering faculty to be
sponsored by Cal Poly. The conference is set for Thursday, June 1 -
Saturday, June 3.
The Charles Pankow Foundation is a nonprofit corporation promoting
innovation in design and construction. "Helping with the start-up of
the California Center for Construction Education at Cal Poly meets our
purpose to nurture innovation in the U.S. building industry," said the
foundation's executive director, Robert Tener.
The new center's activities focus on educational outreach to industry
practitioners, including builders, construction managers, engineers and
architects, as well as property owners and consumer groups. Along with
seminars and workshops, the center offers a variety of consulting services
and in-house, custom corporate training and conducts project-based
"Because California is facing such urgent housing, facility and
infrastructure needs, there is great demand for a 'new breed' of
architecture, engineering and construction professionals to help solve
the state's problems," said Cal Poly construction management Professor
Barbara Jackson, who is the center's director. "The California Center
for Construction Education helps fill that need."
Contact: Ray Ladd, College of Architecture and
Environmental Design, (805) 756-7432,