Scott Cassels Elected to National Academy of Construction

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Washington, D.C. ― The National Academy of Construction (NAC) has elected Scott L. Cassels, Executive Vice President of Kiewit Corporation, as a member of its 2017 class. He was inducted October 26 at the NAC Annual Meeting, which was held at the Fairmont Georgetown. The 2017 class includes 28 new inductees. More than 300 leaders were considered for NAC’s rigorous nomination and election process.

During the formal induction, the Academy cited Cassels as an outstanding leader with exceptional skills in collaboration, workforce development, teambuilding, and use of creative solutions in dispute resolution.

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Moving beyond design-build


Moving beyond design-build

While heavy reliance on subcontracting has been the de facto business model for many general contractors in recent decades, self-perform construction shops are nothing new. In the 1960s and 70s, in-house building teams were the norm, said David Gunderson, a 30-year industry veteran who now teaches at Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction.

More recently, rising building costs in hot construction markets like the Bay Area have fueled the pursuit of maximum efficiency in hopes of boosting profit margins. San Francisco’s average construction costs ballooned 4.2 percent last year alone. They are estimated to grow by as much … » More …

Constructing A Legacy

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Jason Peschel, Richard L. Silliman Distinguished Professor of Estimating, is Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s 2017 Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.

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With more than 25 years of combined construction and teaching experience, Peschel directs Washington State University’s in-demand Construction Management program, where four out of five students often receive job offers from industry prior to graduation.

The college caught up with Peschel to ask him about the Construction Management program, and about what makes it so special.

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Emerson, Thoreau and Frank Lloyd Wright with Ayad Rahmani


Ayad Rahmani is a licensed architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at Washington State University who writes on a diverse array of topics ranging from the Islamic city to Frank Lloyd Wright to Dubai today.

In this episode we try and connect the dots that link his diverse interests. Discussion topics include: publicity and privacy in the Islamic city, Wright’s Broadacre plan, ruralization and food security, and, migration and the search for roots via architecture.

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Students lead bear facility redesign efforts

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TEVA MAYER, WSU Daily Evergreen, October 23, 2017

A class of third-year interior design students has been tasked with developing conceptual ideas for a new WSU Grizzly Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center as part of their studio curriculum. The current facility, which was originally constructed for primate research in the 1950s, has been deemed inadequate by students, faculty and review committees for several years. According to the WSU Bear Center website, it remains the premier grizzly bear research facility in the country, and the only one of its kind.

Aspen Durand, a senior wildlife ecology student, and her friend Daniel Molina, a recent forestry … » More …

Designing for health: ZGF and CHI Franciscan Medical Pavilion facilitate learning for graduate students


Graduate architecture and interior design students, led by Clinical Assistant Professor Omar Al-Hassawi, are working on the Bremerton Outpatient Clinic for their fall semester studio project and were recently given a tour of the CHI Franciscan Medical Pavilion while in full operation.

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In partnership with ZGF, students were also shown the full-scale mockup of the clinic pods for the Bremerton Clinic and given a tour around the project site as part of mid-semester reviews held in Seattle.

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Travel experiences contribute to transformative education


A number of fall semester travel experiences serve to expose students in the School of Design and Construction to a range of built environments, places, ideas, and cultures that are not readily available in the Palouse—and difficult to teach in the classroom. Travel experience is integral to the SDC curriculum and contributes to a transformative education, as indicated in strategic plans for both the SDC and WSU.

Internationally, fourth year interior design and architecture students are studying abroad in Florence, Ireland, Barcelona, Prague, and England. An exchange program with Cork University in Ireland allows some of their students to spend a semester in Pullman … » More …

Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI): Design Guidelines and Community Engagement

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Robert Krikac, faculty in the School of Design and Construction, Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) presented Proposed Design Standards and Guidelines at the City Council meeting in City of College Place, WA on September 26, 2017.

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RCDI faculty and student interns assisted in the preparation of design guidelines to supplement the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Proposed Design Standards and Guidelines for downtown College Place were based on the RCDI’s research and facilitation of several community workshops and presentations to officials at Walla Walla University, the City of College Place Planning Commission … » More …