The Simmons Research Lab (SRL) is home to a dynamic, interdisciplinary mix of undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers from several colleges and departments at Virginia Tech who work together to explore engineering and construction labor and personnel issues. We work to sustain an agile, ethical, diverse construction workforce enabled to lead, design and build sustainable, intelligent infrastructure. SRL members learn research methods appropriate for investigating human thinking, motivation, and learning. We bridge the gaps in language, background, and ways of thinking from the social sciences and higher education to civil engineering and the construction industry. Internally, we publish a bi-weekly newsletter called the Forge to keep the team informed on topics ranging from important publications to read to upcoming birthdays of team members. Externally, we share our research findings through manuscripts, posters, oral presentations, social media and other disseminations outlets.