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Interdisciplinary Capstone Design: Architects, Structural Engineers, and Construction Managers

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

The Teacher as Manager: Best Practices for Culminating Design Experiences

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Civil Engineering

Page Count

18

Page Numbers

25.8.1 - 25.8.18

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https://peer.asee.org/20764

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James B Guthrie P.E. California Polytechnic State University

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Jim Guthrie is an Assistant Professor for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Professor Guthrie came to Cal Poly with over 30 years of structural engineering experience and is a registered Professional and Structural Engineer in the state of California. Jim Guthrie received a B.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1972 and an M.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973.

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Allen C. Estes California Polytechnic State University

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Allen C. Estes is a professor and Head for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Until Jan. 2007, Estes was the Director of the Civil Engineering Program at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA). He is a registered Professional
Engineer in Virginia. Estes received a B.S. degree from USMA in 1978, M.S. degrees in structural engineering and in construction management from Stanford University in 1987, and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1997.

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Jill Nelson P.E. California Polytechnic State University

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Jill Nelson is an Assistant Professor for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) at San Luis Obispo, Calif. Nelson came to Cal Poly with more than 25 years of structural design and project management experience. She is a registered Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer in the states of California and Washington. Nelson received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and a M.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington.

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Brent Nuttall P.E. California Polytechnic State University

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Brent Nuttall is an Associate Professor for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Until 2003, Nuttall was Vice President at the consulting engineering firm of Nabih Youssef & Associates in Los Angeles, Calif. He is a registered Professional and Structural Engineer in California. He received a B.S. degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in architectural engineering in 1986 and an M.S. degree in civil engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 1987.

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Abstract

Interdisciplinary Capstone Design – Architects, Structural Engineers and Construction ManagersThis paper is specifically intended for the advertised session titled “The Teacher asManager: Best Practices in Culminating Design Experiences” in the CE Division.The College of Architecture and Environmental Design at xx University is the onlycollege in the nation that has departments of Architecture, Architectural Engineering andConstruction Management in the same college. The institution has a 60 year tradition ofcollaboration between the engineering, architecture and construction disciplines,particularly at the lower division level. To enhance this collaboration, the collegecommitted to providing an upper division, interdisciplinary experience to every student inthe form of a project based, team oriented five unit studio laboratory that every studentwould take. The course is now in its fourth year and requires small teams of architecture,engineering and construction students to complete the schematic level design of an actualbuilding for a real client.The challenges in creating and executing such a course are immense and fall into threemajor areas: institutional, logistical and pedagogical. Institutional issues includeuniversity support and concurrence from four different department heads. Logisticalissues range from finding open time within the four schedules to offer the course andsecuring physical locations for small and large group meeting areas to the seeminglymundane tasks of ensuring all students are in the correct location and finding commontimes for the instructors to meet. Pedagogically, the course needs a unified and integratedapproach that must be agreed to and implemented by all professors. Traditionallyprofessors work as individuals and team teaching of this magnitude is a paradigm shiftthat requires a significant time and mental commitment.This paper reports on the progress of this course using survey assessment data and directperformance indicators. These same data provide valuable support to the 3 a-k ABETprogram criteria. The variety of projects undertaken to date illustrates the flexibility ofthis course. The paper describes how the challenges listed above have been overcomeparticularly concerning the role of the faculty in the course and the merging of verydifferent department cultures. Finally, the future of the course and the suggestedimprovements are highlighted.

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