Integrating Design in Construction Service-Learning
Proceedings of the International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction Annual Conference
This article describes service-learning activities associated with community service jointly performed by two academic programs, Construction Management (CM) and Civil Engineering Technology (CET), of the same department. Emphasis is presented on describing those tasks developed by the project team. This service work was to assist the town of Vidette, GA, in designing its new water distribution system (WDS). The characteristics and size of the project and associated service-learning tasks required the engagement of both programs, CM and CET, during several semesters. Almost forty students, five faculty members, two licensed industry professionals, and one public officer participated in this still ongoing project. Once approved, the resulting design documents (drawings and specifications) would be employed by the town to apply for loans or other forms of needed financial assistance to build its new WDS. To assure the attainment of required minimum standards, the department obtained the pro-bono participation of a professional engineer, a registered land surveyor, and guidance from the approving state agency. The service-learning activities resulted in the collection of all needed topographic data, preparation of design documents, cost estimates, and scheduling of construction tasks.
Maldonado, Gustavo O., Brian C. Moore.
"Integrating Design in Construction Service-Learning."
Proceedings of the International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction Annual Conference Boston, MA: International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction.
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