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The Columbia City Trailhead: A Collaborative Construction Engineering Technology Capstone ExperienceIn 2010, a collaborative effort between a nonprofit trail advocacy organization, a small ruralIndiana city, trade unions, grantmaking organizations, materials suppliers, contractors, and theConstruction Engineering Technology program at ______________ led to the successfulconstruction of a trailhead building in a city park. Multidisciplinary collaboration began with adesign charrette in January, bringing together architects, brickmasons, carpenters, electricians,engineers, greenbuilding experts, landscapers, professors, and students. Starting with a site planby a local architect and a construction blueprint from another trailhead elsewhere in the state,charrette participants improved the design and site location. Students completed the design,obtained approval from the customer (the nonprofit trail group), and obtained approval fromlocal and state governments. Because this was a capstone course, students were required todemonstrate knowledge and skills they acquired during their four-year degree program. As such,they created the blueprints of the new design, estimated costs and materials, scheduled theconstruction, and fulfilled the role of project manager. Construction professionals mentored thestudents as they built the trailhead restroom. The magic words “student project” led to substantialdonations of money, labor, excavating, and materials from many sources. As a result, the projectwas completed at one-quarter the price bid by a private contractor. Assessment of studentlearning was conducted by the instructor, departmental colleagues, and working constructionprofessionals.
Dupen, B., & Leffers, R. (2011, June), The Columbia City Trailhead: A Collaborative Construction Engineering Technology Capstone Experience Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18634
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