Real-world pandemic response provides vital learning experience for student Dylan Casey.
When Dylan Casey, 20, started his internship with The Boldt Company last January, he never anticipated he’d be helping hospitals respond to a pandemic. As Boldt began building temporary care centers to support emergency room overflow, Casey served as a liaison between construction workers and vendors in acquiring supplies.
The projects included drive-through testing facilities and overflow tents for treating patients at local healthcare facilities in Green Bay, Marinette, Oshkosh and Two Rivers. The entire project was completed in under two weeks.
“It was an amazing experience,” says Casey, who will graduate from the Construction Management Technology program in May 2021. “I realized just how much the construction industry adapts to change and is also there to help those in need.”
Casey’s efforts were appreciated by the Boldt team. “Dylan provided much-needed support for two crews working from sunrise to sunset to get these projects completed,” explains Eric Swanlund, Senior Director, Boldt. “He was very dedicated and available for all challenges 24/7!”
Casey also took the initiative to present a learning opportunity to his classmates by creating a video highlighting various aspects of the construction process. His instructor, Rich Cass, used the footage during online classes as a real-time learning tool.
The know-how that Casey gained by working in the field was invaluable. “It was the pivotal moment in my life where I finally knew where I want to be,” he says.