Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Integrating Micro-House Design and Construction into the Construction Management and Engineering Curriculum
This paper shows how micro-house design and construction projects are integrated into the curriculum in the University’s Engineering and Construction Management programs.
The University’s Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Management programs’ first full-scale house design and construction projects involved a solar powered lab and a solar powered house. During these two projects, the various Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Management programs collaborated for the first time, integrating students from the various disciplines into a single project team. The Micro-House Related Design/Construction Projects, shown in Table 1, reflect the University’s institutional support of experiential learning. Lessons learned from the design and construction of each project were used to refine the projects for subsequent years.
Table 1: University Micro-House Related Design/Construction Projects Project Size Date Embarc – Solar Powered Lab 160 sq.ft. 2010-2011 Rae(v) – Solar Decathlon Prototype 1100 sq.ft 2010-2012 Solar Decathlon 988 sq.ft 2012-2013 NHS Outdoor Classroom 576 sq.ft 2014-2015 CASA 802 Micro-House 336 sq.ft. 2015-2016 Wheel Pad Micro-House 204 sq.ft. 2016 Fontaine Mills Micro-House 288 sq.ft. 2016-2017 CASA 802.1 Micro-House 240 sq.ft. 2017-2018 MES Outdoor Classroom 224 sq.ft. 2017-2018 Race to Zero Multi-Family House 800 sq.ft/unit 2017-2018
The University’s Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Management programs have taken the experience obtained from working on these projects and have integrated design and construction work into their respective curricula. For example, the Construction Management curriculum has incorporated aspects of the Micro-House Design/Construction projects into several courses distributed throughout the curriculum: Specifications and Estimating, Building Information Modeling, Construction Productivity, Construction Safety, Structural Aspects of Construction, and Project Management. Similarly, both the Civil Engineering and Architecture programs have incorporated aspects of the Micro-House Design/Construction projects into their curricula.
This use of Micro-House Design/Construction projects in the curriculum exposes students to material that is realistic, but not of overwhelming scope. The students are given assignments that are manageable, and that increase in scope and complexity over the course of a student’s academic career. As a particular project progresses over time, students will be involved in the estimation, purchasing, planning, management, and finally the construction of a micro-house. Finally, the students get to have hands-on experience along with their academic coursework, which is key for improving both student learning and retention.
Schmeckpeper, E. R., & Patterson, J. E., & Al-Aubaidy, N. (2018, June), Integrating Micro-House Design and Construction into the Construction Management and Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30686
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