C5: Collaborate, Create, Construct, Capstone Charette
Collaborate...Create...Construct is the mantra for the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture and it motivates faculty to design interdisciplinary team projects in a way that facilitates experiential learning for students in Architecture, Interior Design, and Construction Science. In the spring 2014 semester a new project has been implemented in which students from each discipline are coming together to collaborate, create, and construct in a capstone charette. The interdisciplinary collaboration has been labeled C5 and is a two week event for undergraduates in their final semester. This year’s project is a design-build project that requires interdisciplinary teams develop a proposal for the design and construction of a new addition to the Hillcrest Elementary School in El Reno, Oklahoma. This addition will include classrooms, administrative offices, secured vestibule, reception area, a below grade safe room, additional parking, and a parent drop off lane. The El Reno Public School District is serving as the client for the project.
The goals of C5 are to improve student understanding about the knowledge and skills that each discipline contributes to the team and how the amalgamation of all the team’s knowledge and skills integrated early in the project will improve the project’s outcomes. Ultimately students will have an improved understanding about the roles and responsibilities of each discipline and where there may be possible gaps and overlaps in the team’s knowledge and skills. Expectations are that through the students’ participation in this interdisciplinary charette, they will be better prepared to be members of a collaborative team in their future professional endeavors. It is also anticipated that through improved understanding about the other disciplines they will respect and trust each other’s contributions to the project. Industry partners for the project are the Beck Group from Dallas, Texas.
The project started on Monday, January 13th and proposal presentations are Monday, January 27th from 1:30 to 5:30 in the College of Architecture, Gould Hall, Buskuhl Gallery. Proposal presentations are open to the public. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.