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Communication Students Assist Layton Construction in Successful Bid Effort

Published: March 01, 2017 | Author: Sierra Bonner | Category: Academics

Communication students who worked with Layton ConstructionA group of Southern Utah University communication students recently assisted Layton Construction in presenting its successful bid for construction of the new business building on campus, and remodel of the existing structure.

Working as interns at the SUU Speech and Presentation Center (SAPC), the group of students was tasked with designing a presentation to best communicate Layton Construction’s project bid to the Utah State Building Board. After completing multiple rounds of reviews and competing against other companies, Layton Construction was granted the contract with groundbreaking scheduled for April 27

The opportunity allowed the group of SUU students to go beyond the walls of the classroom to experience how learning applies in the workplace. “Experiential learning takes concepts and lessons and turns them into hands-on tasks with real results,” said Sage Platt, SAPC director. “This will not only enhance their resumes but also fast-track them for successful careers.”

Two group members, Sierra Bonner and Ben Lund, have been offered extended opportunities at Layton Construction as a result of their efforts.

According to Bonner, an SUU Master of Professional Communication graduate student from Heber City, Utah, “I didn’t realize how much time and effort this project would require, and I was just as nervous to hear the results of the decision as Layton was.”

A communication studies major from Ephraim, Utah, Lund said, “I look forward to working as an intern for them this summer on the SUU business building project. This opportunity will allow me to grow in many different ways, apply my communication knowledge, and develop new skills in construction management.”

Layton Construction is consistently ranked among the top contractors in the country by multiple industry publications and has offices in nine locations, coast to coast. Layton Construction was selected as the 2016 Intermountain Contractor of the year and ranks 57 on the Engineering News-Record’s 2016 list of top 400 general contractors in the U.S. 



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