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The Transformation of a Construction Contracts Administration Class

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Construction Contracts, Law and Ethics

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24.1248.1 - 24.1248.17



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John David Cioara Arizona State University

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John Cioara is an Arizona State University (ASU) Master’s student of the Construction Management program and Research Assistant at Performance Based Studies Research Group. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering at ASU in May 2013. During his undergraduate years, he worked part time for 2 years as an undergraduate teaching assistant and grader for the Construction Contracts Administration class at ASU. He helped edit and publish 5 revisions of the class textbook. He became so interested in the class material he decided to pursue an M.S. in Construction. John also interned this past summer at SUNDT Construction as a project engineer assistant. He was in charge of the RFIs, supervised the painting and mill work, pedestrian safety, and the close out of the projects. John’s future plans are to pursue a doctoral degree in construction management, increase his work experience in the construction field, and then teach someday.

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Dean Takeo Kashiwagi Arizona State University

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A renowned expert, educator, and researcher in best value procurement and risk/project management for more than two decades; he’s a respected adviser and mentor within the association, the public sector, and academic circles. Creator of the best value Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS); tested over 1,600+ times over 20 years totaling $5.7 Billion with a 98% satisfactory rating by the users (both in government and private sectors). His concept is contrary to the traditional price-driven procurement model. It reduces the transactions of every participant and forces a "win-win" relationship. His program educates and assists partners in becoming a more efficient organization through measurement, accountability and transparency.

His latest achievements include: the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Distinguished Educator award (2009), IFMA Fellow in 2013, 2012 Dutch Sourcing Award (for best overall procurement effort and operational excellence), and 2011 Silver Award from NASPO (implementation of best value PIPS at the State of Idaho). He also received a Fulbright Scholar award to share state-of-the-art best value research and practices with the people of Botswana, Africa. Dean’s groundbreaking procurement model became a graduate program that was practiced at ASU and instrumental in the investment of $100 million in the institution for outsourcing food services. A powerful force in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area and Arizona State University, as well as national and international, he has championed programs to advance the engineering profession, and continues to prepare the next generation of professionals. He also received the 2013 Top 5% Teaching Award at Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, ASU.

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Sylvia Romero Arizona State University

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Sylvia is a Program Manager, who is responsible for developing and coordinating 460 industry educational programs (national and international) and $9 Million research grants since 2002. She joined ASU in 2000 and was the lead researcher for the Alpha Program which tracks the performance of a Manufacturer's contractors (16 year study). She co-created the development of a graduate program that utilizes the best value principles. Served as Education Chair for the International Facility Management Association Greater Phoenix Chapter (2005-2010); the last 4 years as industry liaison. She is a graduate of W.P. Carey School of Business, ASU. Sylvia also serves as a mentor for the Construction Administration class.

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Kenneth Timothy Sullivan Arizona State University

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Industry Led Guided Discovery in a Classroom SettingA team of Construction Contracts Administration instructors created a new frameworkcalled the Industry Led Guided Discovery (ILGD), in which students become subjectmatter experts, utilize industry expertise and solve project case studies. In 2010, a seniorlevel construction contracts class implemented ILGD to transform the way material waspresented. The students were formed into small teams of three and given a topic to research,solved a problem related to the topic, and presented the final outcome. The goal was forthe students to become subject matter experts in different topics. The Learning Pyramidby National Training Laboratories Institute for Applied Behavior Science shows that withlectures alone the student retains only 5% of the material. The ILGD concentrates onimplementing research, demonstration, discussion group, and student teaching whichincreases the retention in the range of 50% to 75% of the topic as the learning pyramidindicates.The industry experts provide valuable real life experience through case studies to the teamexercises and projects. The students learn how to problem solve, understand the legalimplications, and become better communicators. When the industry gets directly involvedwith the students it has enormous positive impact on the knowledge transfer betweenstudents and the industry in preparing them for the construction management profession.The response from the industry has also been so overwhelmingly positive that there is awaiting list for them to get involved in the class.The three year study of implementing the ILGD methodology includes 7 classes and a totalof 363 students. The results showed the following: increase student participation by 100%,grades improved by 36%, and the class ratings increased by 10%.The partnership created between the industry and academia has proven beneficial for thestudents which has been validated through several immediate job placements out of theclass and the learning experiences throughout the project. This environment creates a betterframework for the students and their future in the construction profession.

Cioara, J. D., & Kashiwagi, D. T., & Romero, S., & Sullivan, K. T. (2014, June), The Transformation of a Construction Contracts Administration Class Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23181

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