Clayton Gilliland '90 was recently honored as one of the Top 20 Under 40 by Mountain States Construction Magazine, which included individuals in construction and design from Utah, Idaho, and Montana.
Gilliland has been a project manager at Stacy and Witbeck Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the past 10 years. He is currently managing the construction of a $500 million, 45-mile-long commuter rail system that will take about four years to complete.
"Our work includes all the heavy civil improvements – earthwork, trackwork, structures, etc. – required to build the system," he said. "My typical day includes some field observation, but primarily focuses on various planning, and coordination tasks – essentially communicating with all team members to help keep the work on track."
This isn't the first major project Gilliland has undertaken. The past twenty years have given him lots of experience, beginning as laborer and moving up the ladder to project manager. Some of Gilliland's other major projects include light rail expansion, commuter rail projects, and earthquake response.
But one project stands out in Gilliland's mind as the turning point in his career.
"The Interstate Max light rail project in Portland, OR was particularly satisfying because it was one of the larger projects our company had built, and included widely varied scopes of work. It was on that job that I was given significant increased responsibility," he said.
He looks forward to continuing to make his mark on the construction engineering technology industry.
"In my opinion, the biggest challenge our industry faces is replacing the skill and work ethic of the dedicated, resourceful, innovative and talented heavy construction professionals that went before us."
Clayton Gilliland is more than capable of meeting that challenge.