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Student Design Of Lehigh University Golf Facilities

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

How to Effectively Teach Using Teams

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Civil Engineering

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12.1309.1 - 12.1309.23



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Kristopher Lengieza Weitz Golf International

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Kristopher M. Lengieza is a Project Engineer at Weitz Golf International. He earned a BS from Lehigh University. He is currently involved in constructing several buildings at Bella Collina, a Ginn Development in Montverde, FL. Kristopher has used his involvement in the 2003 Golf Practice Facility project to springboard his career into the Golf and Resort Construction Industry. Weitz Golf International is considered to be one of the top Golf Course and Hospitality Contracting companies in the world. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Construction Institute.

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Jennifer Caffrey Pennoni Associates Inc.

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Jennifer M. Caffrey is a Staff Engineer currently working on commercial, institutional, and municipal land development projects for Pennoni Associates Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2002 from Lehigh University and is presently working on an M.S. in Engineering Management from Drexel University. During the summer of 2000, Ms. Caffrey participated in the initial golf facility design through the Lehigh Earth Observatory (LEO) summer internship program. In the fall of that year, she utilized the Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) program to continue gaining experience in planning and design through her work on the facility.

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Gerard Lennon Lehigh University

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Gerard P. Lennon is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He earned a BS from Drexel University, and an MS and a PhD from Cornell University. He authored over 70 papers, and his groundwater research has been funded by five different federal and state agencies, including an NSF investigation of ocean-bottom geothermal vents in the Alvin Submarine. As a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers he organized an International Groundwater Symposium and was an associate editor of the Hydraulics Journal. He has supervised civil engineering students in interdisciplinary design projects of Lehigh sports facilities every year since 1998.

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John Ochs Lehigh University


Joe Sterrett Lehigh University

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Joe Sterrett is the Murray H. Goodman Dean of Athletics, currently serving in his 18th year as the director for intercollegiate, club, intramural and recreational sports programs. He earned a bachelors degree in Finance and Social Psychology and a Masters degree in educational administration from Lehigh and a doctor of education degree from Temple. He has also served at Lehigh as an assistant football coach, director of undergraduate student recruitment, and assistant vice president for enrollment management. For ten years he has team-taught with Professor Vince Munley a course on the economics of the sports industry and has helped guide ten student teams and two summer internship teams involved in cross disciplinary sports facility design projects.

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Vincent Munley Lehigh University

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Vincent Munley is Iacocca Professor of Business and Economics at Lehigh. He also serves as the university's Ombudsperson. His research is directed at the empirical study of public policy issues, in particular topics related to fiscal federalism. He earned a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University, and Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York, Binghamton. He spent a semester as a Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway. For ten years he has team-taught with Dean of Athletics Joe Sterrett a course on the economics of the sports industry and has helped guide ten student teams and two summer internship teams involved in cross disciplinary sports facility design projects.

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Student Design of Lehigh University Golf Facilities Abstract

Every year since 1998 as part of the Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) program at Lehigh University, multidisciplinary student teams have designed new athletic facilities including golf, cross country, crew, tennis, lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, softball and baseball. The unique aspect of these designs is that the facilities are realistic projects, some being initial feasibility studies, and some have subsequently been constructed. The 1998 design of a $2.4 million, 2000-seat stadium was the first facility to be built. The latest facility to be constructed, and the focus of this case study, is a nine-hole golf course, club house, and driving range. Over a period of six years, three studies involving more than 30 students in 16 majors participated in the planning, designing and financial evaluation of this proposed facility. The 2000 study focused on the design a clubhouse, a land development plan and a detailed business plan. The project evolved, as it often does in a real world environment, and the next two studies added a 3D computer model of the proposed driving range, an irrigation system as well as a design and feasibility study for an executive 9-hole golf course. Groundbreaking commenced in 2006 based on these designs, and will provide an aesthetically pleasing grand entrance to the Goodman Athletic Campus. The unique learning environment allowed students to experience the advantages and challenges of working with practitioners of different backgrounds. Students obtained valuable cross disciplinary undergraduate education and interaction, not typically available to students, which will be invaluable in the real world environment. Teaching and learning challenges of interaction with coaches, facilities and renovation staff, alumni, city officials and other experts created a real world atmosphere. Student presentations were evaluated and assessed by instructors, other university faculty and staff, alumni, including potential donors, and the golf coaches and team. A more formalized assessment program is recommended for future courses. The student participants of these projects have found this experience to be one of their most valuable and memorable at Lehigh.

I. ILE Overview, Course Philosophy and Purpose of the Project

A. Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) Overview

Every year since 1998 students from all three undergraduate colleges at Lehigh University have participated in a multidisciplinary project to design new athletic facilities; the three golf facility designs are the focus of this case study. The course idea was created by Drs. Joseph Sterrett, Dean of athletics and Vincent Munley, chair of the Economics Department at the time. The goal was to present a new athletic facility design and use it as a springboard to make it a reality. As a real design team would be assembled from members with different backgrounds, team members were selected from all three undergraduate colleges in the following majors: accounting, architecture, business, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental science, economics, finance, history, industrial engineering, international relations, journalism, marketing, mechanical engineering, psychology and supply chain management. They were

Lengieza, K., & Caffrey, J., & Lennon, G., & Ochs, J., & Sterrett, J., & Munley, V. (2007, June), Student Design Of Lehigh University Golf Facilities Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2091

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