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Sustainable Built Environment

The Sustainable Built Environment group in the department includes faculty from structural engineering and geomechanics, construction engineering and management, and design-construction integration. Our focus is on educating practitioners and researchers who can play a variety of roles in planning, designing, building and operating more sustainable buildings and infrastructure. The Structural Engineering and Geomechanics (SEG) program educates designers who want to progress beyond traditional life safety code-based design, to develop and disseminate "performance-based" structural and geotechnical engineering methods and tools that maximize the life-cycle economic value of facilities. The Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program prepares students for careers with progressive construction firms worldwide, interested in building more sustainable buildings and infrastructure using advanced modeling and visualization methods and tools that we call "Virtual Design and Construction". The Design-Construction Integration (DCI) program combines courses from CEM and SEG, along with additional DCI courses, to educate professionals for design construction firms that provide integrated design-build project delivery, construction management and pre-construction services. Our new program (starting in 2008-2009) in Sustainable Design and Construction (SDC) expands the breadth of the DCI program with courses in sustainable, multi-stakeholder design methods and tools that incorporate lifecycle cost analysis, green architectural design, lighting and energy analysis, to educate students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds interested in promoting more sustainable development of buildings and infrastructure. Each of these programs offers MS, Engineer and Ph.D degrees. Admissions to these programs are handled separately; prospective students should indicate their preference on their application.

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