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Integrated Construction Laboratory - Lessons Learned

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Construction Project Delivery and Control

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26.982.1 - 26.982.12



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John Tingerthal Northern Arizona University

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John Tingerthal joined the Construction Management faculty at Northern Arizona University in 2007 and was appointed as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow. His engineering career spans a variety of design and forensic engineering experiences. He spent the first eight years of his career performing structural consulting engineering in Chicago. He earned his Doctorate in Education and is currently the Associate Chair of the Civil Engineering, Construction Management and Environmental Engineering Department. His academic interests lie in the field of discipline-based education. John is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Robert Bruner

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Alan Merrill Francis Northern Arizona University

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Integrated Construction Laboratory - LessonsLearnedSunday, October 19, 2014 5:01 PMIn 2012, faculty at xxx University re-designed the Construction Management (CM) curriculum bydisconnecting topic-specific laboratories from associated lectures and forming a single integrated laboratoryto provide students with experiences in the context of a construction project. In addition to merging thetopic-specific content, the laboratory is co-convened among sophomore, junior and senior levels to allow forintegration of the additional dimensions of design and project management. Thus, the resulting laboratory isboth horizontally (among topics) and vertically (among roles) integrated. Now, after four complete semestersof implementation, graduates of the CM program have now experienced the complete cycle of the laboratory.This paper will address two questions: What are the experiences of CM students in the laboratory, and howhas the laboratory curriculum developed over time. Preliminary data indicates that the student experiencehas been positive, however the resources required to administer the laboratory are more extensive thanoriginally expected. Based on our findings, we will present a summary section on lessons learned, costsassociated with the laboratory and recommendations for replication at other institutions. ASC2015 Page 1

Tingerthal, J., & Bruner, R., & Francis, A. M. (2015, June), Integrated Construction Laboratory - Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24319

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