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Developing An Inter School Internet Design/Build Class

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.179.1 - 4.179.11

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Eric Connell

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David L. Batie

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Session 2606

“Developing an Inter-School Internet Design/Build Class" David L. Batie, Ph.D., Eric Connell, Ph.D. East Carolina University / University of Oklahoma


At a time when the design and construction industries are aware of the increasing use of the Design/Build project delivery strategy, there is little attention to its implementation in architectural or construction management programs as a classroom experiment. East Carolina University Department of Construction Management and the University of Oklahoma Department of Architecture began the investigation for such programs in their curricula. This research presents the development strategies created to instigate an Internet Design/Build class for the two schools. The paper relates the positive and negative components confronted during the development and implementation of the overall class. Using available computer information technology resources, such as NetMeeting and MIRC32, the Design/Build class approach of study emphasizes the management of design, construction, planning, finance, and marketing, as well the absolute need for communication between the team members. Rather than face the traditional confrontation of the parties, this class is intended to strengthen the professional bonds, complementing each partners’ strengths and thereby creating a strong TEAM approach to design and construction. The implications derived in developing this program show the need for such investigations in other schools of construction and architecture interested in pursuing a relevant and emerging domain of education. This study recognizes the need for the existence of Design/Build and its integration and acceptance into professional programs.

(Key Words: Design/Build, Internet Learning Environments)

I. Introduction

For over the past 100 years, the primary method of Project Delivery for construction projects has been the Design/Bid/Build method. This cumbersome system does not allow an Owner to avoid conflicts between the A/E and Contractor during the project, while still attempting to meet his/her needs of a cost-effective, well designed structure built in a reasonable time frame.

In response to these needs, the Design/Build method of delivery was developed as a single- source procurement for the Owner. Design and construction are provided to the Owner for a "Guaranteed-Maximum Price" (GMP) from the Design/Build firm. By employing this project delivery framework, adversarial relationships between A/E’s and Contractors have the probability of being significantly reduced. The Design/Build firm acts as the facilitator for the two entities so that they are working for the Owner’s objectives. Design/Build shares the responsibility for product delivery between the historically adversarial groups of builders and designers. With this shared responsibility, there is no finger pointing to shirk the responsibility of a non-performing product or team member 11.

Connell, E., & Batie, D. L. (1999, June), Developing An Inter School Internet Design/Build Class Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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