Integrated construction laboratory - Lessons learned

John S Tingerthal, Robert Bruner, Alan Merrill Francis

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In 2011, faculty at Northern Arizona University re-designed the Construction Management curriculum by disconnecting topic-specific laboratories from their associated lectures and forming a single integrated laboratory called 'Construct for Practice' (C4P) in an effort to provide students with context-rich experiences. In addition to merging the topic-specific content, the C4P laboratory is co-convened among sophomore, junior and senior levels to facilitate the incorporation of design and project management functions into the building process. The resulting laboratory is both horizontally integrated (among topics) and vertically integrated (among roles). Now, after four complete semesters of implementation, graduates of the CM program have experienced the complete cycle of the laboratory. This paper describes how the laboratory curriculum has developed over time, presenting a summary of lessons learned, costs associated with the laboratory and recommendations for replication at other institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Making Value for Society
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
StatePublished - 2015
Event2015 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Seattle, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2015Jun 17 2015


Other2015 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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