How a Building is Designed and Built - Part 1 of 6
What you'll learn
- Identify the Numerous Components, Materials and Systems in a Commercial Building
- Describe the Sequence of Construction and Relationships Between Construction Activities
- Identify the Roles of the Major Parties Involved in the Design and Construction of Building Systems & Materials
- Describe the Numerous Considerations When Choosing Different Building Materials and Systems
- Develop a Construction and Engineering Vocabulary
- Evaluate Key Constraints and Select All of the Appropriate Major Systems and Materials in a Building
- You should have an interest in the way buildings are designed and built.
No matter which role you have in a building construction project, it is vital that you understand the "guts" of a building in order to make a positive impact. For contractors, engineers, architects, real estate developers and facilities managers, it takes years or even decades to learn the materials and systems in a building. The typical source of this education is on-the-job because this material is not taught in schools. Young professionals spend an extraordinary amount of time trying to understand the complexities of a modern building. Every project is different and the materials and systems can change drastically from one building to the next. Time can be better spent by adding value to projects instead of learning terminology and construction sequencing. The lessons in the course have been developed to boil down years of on-the-job training into high-impact, bite-sized classes.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone working or interested in building materials and systems. The typical audience includes general contractors, specialty contractors, architects, engineers, building owners, construction managers, real estate developers and managers, facility operators and managers, engineering students, first responders or anyone with curiosity related to the "guts" of a building!
Matt Morris is a registered professional engineer and has extensive experience in many aspects of the engineering and construction industry. He holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In his roles as a civil engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force and a project manager for a major commercial general contractor, Matt has led over 160 projects totaling over $1 Billion. As a professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado School of Mines, Matt has taught over 1,800 students through 16 different university courses. Matt’s experience spans across many markets, including federal government, public works, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, manufacturing, laboratory, pharmaceutical, corporate, heavy civil and water conveyance. Additionally, Matt’s varied roles have enabled him to manage every phase of a project as an owner, contractor and designer. Matt is currently a Senior Instructor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.