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Lessons Learned from Co-Developing and Co-Implementing a Design-Build Course with the Construction Industry

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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

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Construction Project Delivery and Control

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26.1084.1 - 26.1084.8



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Carla Lopez Del Puerto University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Orcid 16x16

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Carla Lopez del Puerto, PhD
Associate Professor
Construction Engineering and Management
Department of Civil Engineering
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

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Kelly Strong

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Lessons Learned from Co-Developing and Co-Implementing a Design-Build Course with the Construction IndustryThe paper presents the results of a collaboration effort between the construction industry andfaculty at a Construction Management program to co-develop and co-implement a Design-Buildcourse that is cross-listed for undergraduate and graduate students. The primary goal of thecourse was to provide students the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understandingabout Design-Build. The course was co-taught by two construction management faculty who arecertified by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) as Design-Build Professionals™ andthree industry members who are also Design-Build Professionals™ and have current experienceworking on Design-Build projects. The course included lectures, individual and group hands-onexercises and attendance to the DBIA regional conference. Students enrolled in the coursecompleted the following core courses “Fundamentals of Project Delivery”, “Principles ofDesign-Build Project Delivery” and “Post-Award Project Delivery” which are required to obtainthe Design-Build Professional ™ designation.Attendance at lectures taught by industry leaders was a required component of the course forenrolled students, but these lectures were also open to all students in the university as well as tothe general community. Attending the DBIA regional conference allowed students to interactwith architects, builders, design-build professional and owners. The secondary goal of the coursewas to enhance faculty knowledge and teaching excellence in the design-build arena by allowingfaculty to participate in the DBIA regional annual conference and collaborate with industry todevelop exercises and materials for the design-build course. At the end of the course studentscompleted a survey to investigate their perceptions about the course and areas of improvement.The faculty and industry leaders reported that they enjoyed working together to co-develop andco-implement the course. One of the instructors was trained as an architect and the other wastrained as a civil engineer. One of the industry collaborators was an architect, another was apreconstruction consultant, another was an upper level construction operations manager. Therewas agreement that the diverse backgrounds of the educators/presenters brought differentperspectives to the content, which facilitated student learning.The results of the survey indicate that students enjoyed the course and learned about Design-Build. One hundred percent of students either agree or highly agree that having industrycollaboration, industry leaders as speakers and attending the DBIA regional conference addsvalue to the course and that they would recommend the course to other students enrolled in theprogram. All of the students who participated in the class expressed intent to pursue certificationas a Design-Build Professional ™.

Lopez Del Puerto, C., & Strong, K. (2015, June), Lessons Learned from Co-Developing and Co-Implementing a Design-Build Course with the Construction Industry Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24421

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