AR495 Building Construction Systems

for FA 2009

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AR 495 Building Construction Systems


FA 2009 HOZ


Boehr, Kay Miller


Associate Professor of Interior Design


Master of Architecture
Professional Memberships:  IIDA, IDEC, registered architect

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Office Hours

Monday/Wednesday: 3:00 - 5:00 and Tuesday/Thursday: 12:25 - 2:25

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 17 - December 11,  2009

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Ching, Francis D.K.  Building Construction Illustrated, fourth edition.  New Jersey:  John Wiley and Sons, 2008.
Ballast, David Kent.  Interior Construction and Detailing for Designers and Architects.  AIA Professional Publications, Inc., 1988.
Note:  The recommended text, plus some additional required readings will be available in the interior design studio for student's use.

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Course Description:
AR495 Building Construction Systems: Students will be introduced to the various components that make up the major building systems: the structural systems, the building envelope, and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems, with an emphasis on methods and materials of residential and commercial construction, and the interface between furniture systems and interior products with building systems. Students will learn to apply the construction specifications institute method for organizing drawings, specifications and architectural materials libraries. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Design:  Design is both creative and meticulous.  It is a process that involves generating ideas, then editing and refining those ideas before producing the final result.  The steps in the deisign process are universal and can be applied to any design problem, whether it is a written document, the design of a space or the design of a product.

Teaching:  As a teacher I articulate what I have learned as a professional, sharing my accumulated knowledge and skills with the students.  This information is the basis for a variety of activities that reinforce core learning objectives.  Students observe, evaluate , collaborate and create as they approach each assignment as a design problem.  Students communicate design concepts visually and orally using drawing, drafting, board building and modeling techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the major systems of a building and their components and discuss the interrelatedness of their functions.
  2. Describe graphically and verbally the fundamentals of building construction including structural elements, environmental systems and building envelope.
  3. Identify the components of a building that are the responsibility of the interior designer and demonstrate the connection between these elements and the overall building design.
  4. Organize drawings according to CSI format, prepare a specification, and organize a design resource library.

Core Assessment:

·        Tests covering text, lectures, discussions and speakers (outcomes 1-4)

·        Presentation of reports on site visits and field trips (outcomes 1-3)

·        Completion of core assessment project: a research project on building construction that includes detail drawings. (outcomes 1-4)*



Weekly Assignments:  average score for 13 assignments = 60% of final grade
Site Observation Reports:  20% of final grade
Final (core assessment) project:  20% of final grade
Grading Scale: 
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 70 - 79
D = 60 - 69
F = below 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted without a written legitimate excuse attached and it must be turned in with the excuse at the beginning of the next scheduled class after the due date.  Work will not be accepted more than one class session late.  Many assignments have an oral presentation component.  There will be no make up dates for missed presentations, and regardless of excuse, the student will not recieve points for the presentation component of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

AR495 is a lecture class, including lecture and discussion,written and drafted assignments, presentations and tests. AR495 HOZ is an independent study. The student is expected to work independently, spending as least as much time as would be spent in a regularly scheduled class:  a minimum of three hours a week "class time" plus two hours a weekoutside of class for each hour of class time.  
The student and the professor will establish a weekly meeting time during which topics will be discussed, assignments given, and work turned in. As with a regularly scheduled class, the student is expected to be attend the meeting and be on time, following the professor's policy for attendance and timely submittal of assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK I: August 17 - 21  
topic/activity Read: Chapter 1, sections 1.02 - 1.06, plus additional sources as recommended
  Assign. #1: Report: "Sustainability: Role of Architect and Designer"
  Assign Semester Project: Site Observations
WEEK 2: August 24 - 38  
topic/activity Read: Chapter 1, Building Site, sections 1.6 - 1.38  
  Assign. #1 due  
  Assign. #2: Site Analysis  
WEEK 3: August 31 - September 4  
topic/activity Assign. #2 due  
  Read: Chapter 2, The Building  
  Assign #3:"take home" quiz: structure and structural systems
WEEK 4: September 7 - 11  
topic/activity Assign. #3 due  
  Read: Chapter 3, Foundation Systems  
  Assign #4:"take home" quiz/draft foundation details
WEEK 5: September 14 - 18  
topic/activity Assign. #4 due  
  Read: Chapter 4, Floor Systems  
  Assign #5: "take home" quiz/draft flooring details
WEEK 6: September 21 -25  
topic/activity Assign. #5 due  
  Read: Chapter 5, Wall Systems  
  Weekly Assign #6: "take home" quiz/draft wall details
WEEK 7: September 28 - October 2  
topic/activity Assign. #6 due  
  Read: Chapter 6, Roof Systems  
  Assign #7: "take home" quiz/draft roof details
WEEK 8: October 5 - 9  
topic/activity Assign. #7 due  
  Read: Chapter 7, Thermal and Moisture Protection
  Assign: # 8: "take home" quiz/draft details  
WEEK 9: FALL BREAK: October 12 - 16  
WEEK 10: October 19 - 22  
topic/activity Site Observation Report #1 due  
  Assign. # 8 due  
  Read: Chapter 8, Doors and Windows  
  Assign # 9: Door and Hardware schedule and specification
WEEK 11: October 26 - 30  
topic/activity Assign. # 9 due  
  Read: Chapter 9, Special Construction: Vertical Circulation, sections 9.02 - 9.17
  Assign #10: stair design and detailing  
WEEK 12: November 2 - 6  
topic/activity Assign #10 due  
  Read: Chapter 9, Special Construction, sections 9.18
  Assign #11: Kitchen or Bathroom detailing
WEEK 13: November 9 - 13  
topic/activity Assign #11 due  
  Read: Chapter 10 Finish Work and Chapter 12 Materials
  Assign #12: Interior Wall Section and Details/division 9 spec
WEEK 14: November 16 - 20  
topic/activity Assign #12 due  
  Read: Chapter 11, Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing
  Assign #13: Interior Design and MEP coordination
WEEK 15: November 23 - 25  
topic/activity Assign #13 due  
  Reading to be assigned: Security Systems, Signage and Acoustics
  Discussion: Interface of workstation furniture with building systems
  Assign: Core Assessment Project  
WEEK 16: November 30 - December 4  
topic/activity Site Visit Report #2 due  
  Progress Review: Core Assessment Project
FINALS WEEK: December 7 - 11  
topic/activity Turn in Core Assessment Project during scheduled meeting time.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Class attendance is required.  An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class while announcements are being made.  It is the student's responsibility to sign the attendance sheet at this time.  Students who do not sign the attendance sheet, but arrive after it is distributed, will be considered tardy.  Three late arrivals will equal one unexcused absence.
In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified prior to class by sending an e-mail message. Each student will be allowed three absences, which, if proper notification is sent, will be recorded as "excused." Thus each of the following will result in a 5% deduction from the final grade:
1. Three "tardies" equalling one unexcused absence.
2. Any absence that is not excused by a written (e-mail)notification.
3. The fourth and each subsequent absence, regardless of excuse.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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