Construction Workers Help Provide Computers to Students During COVID-19 Pandemic

Construction Workers Help Provide Computers to Students  During COVID-19 Pandemic

San Diego Unified School District students receiving laptops for distance learning have Gafcon, Inc. construction project managers to thank for playing a role in making these critical virtual learning tools.

Gafcon, a San Diego-based international program, project and construction management firm, has several ongoing construction projects at SDUSD campuses. Deemed essential workers in California, they were on site when they learned of the need to help refurbish laptops for students and staff to use remotely when “distance learning” begins on April 27. They put down their hard hats and hammers and jumped in.

Working with the District’s IT staff, the Gafcon team visited multiple closed campuses to update older computers with new software. Although they are not IT workers by trade, the construction team was nonetheless enthusiastic to help the District and the students and teachers who would otherwise not have computers to continue the school year.

Sixteen of Gafcon’s employees are helping, with four leading the seven teams that are working on the project. The teams perform a multi-step process that includes locating the computers on the school campus. They test, scan, disinfect and package each computer before loading them into the trucks to be distributed to students and teachers.

In one day alone, one of the Gafcon-led teams processed 2,100 computers.

Gafcon has a long history of volunteering. One of the company’s leading principles is to “create value for our clients, our communities, and for each other. We believe our work is successful only if it creates impact. We provide value by focusing on the needs of the communities we serve, while operating responsibly.”

Gafcon, Inc. provides owner representative services to private and public clients. Incorporated in 1987, our core expertise is in managing complex design and construction activities. Our technology and management tools maximize the value in every owner’s investment. Our people, our technology and our processes are unique within the industry. Gafcon provides the following services: Program Management, Project Management, Construction Management, Pre-construction, Cost Management, Scheduling, Estimating, Planning/Programming, Constructability Reviews, Technology Solutions and Labor Relations. Learn more at gafcon.com.