As the final component in the required sequence of technology courses, this professionally-oriented course develops an integral understanding of the design and construction of buildings and their related technologies: structural, constructional, and environmental. Building on fundamentals covered in GSD 6123: Construction Systems (formerly Materials, Constructions, Processes), the course looks in detail at examples of innovative construction techniques in wood, steel, and concrete structures. It also demonstrates the context in which technological innovation takes place by exploring the relationship of the design and construction participants.
Class meetings concentrate on case studies of recent buildings, which students are expected to study prior to class meetings. Detail drawings as well as issues of project and construction management are introduced for discussion. Computer applications on structures, construction, environmental control systems, and project management are an integral part of the course. Prerequisites: GSD 6123, 6125, and 6229, or equivalent.