AR495 Building Construction Systems

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AR495 Building Construction Systems


SP 2013 HO


Gray, Aimee


Adjunct Faculty


Master in Architecture

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Semester Dates

January 14, 2012 - May 6,2012

Class Days

Monday and Wednesday

Class Time


Credit Hours



 Ching, Francis D.K.  Building Construction Illustrated, fourth edition.  New Jersey:  John Wiley and Sons, 2008.

Additional Resources:

  Ballast, David Kent.  Interior Construction and Detailing for Designers and Architects.  AIA Professional Publications, Inc., 1988.

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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:

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Gain a general knowledge of how a building is constructed and how systems can be modified.
  2. Demonstrate drawing ability both electronically and by hand using a variety of techniques.
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)*


Class Assessment:

Detail Drawings, Hand Sketch Journal, Team Project including Report and Model, Mid-term and Final Exams, Core Assessment (Final) Project                       


Sketch Journal                                      15%
Detail Drawings Binder                      25%
Special Topics Team Project             20%
Final/Core Assessment Project         20%
Tests (2 @ 10% ea.)                             20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

  • All work must be turned in during class on the day that it is due. If the assignment must be printed or copied, be sure to allow time before class begins to do these tasks. Keep your own supply of staples, paper clips, white out, etc. so you don’t have to search for them before turning in work.
  • With a legitimate written excuse, late work will be accepted at the beginning of the next scheduled class after it is due. Do not attempt to give me work outside of class.
  • Work will not be accepted more than one class session late.
  • If extraordinary circumstances occur that result in a student needing additional time to complete assignments, arrangements must be made to make up work prior to or at the time it is due. Make these arrangements either in person during office hours or via e-mail.
  • The final project will have an oral presentation component. There will be no make up dates for missed presentations, and regardless of excuse, the student will not receive points for the presentation component of the assignment.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  •   Group interaction speeds learning and increases the depth of study for all. Feedback from the instructor is an important element of learning, and whether in lecture class discussion or a studio setting, the feedback may be given to one student and the resulting information shared with all.
  • Students are expected to work a minimum of six hours a week outside of class, in addition to making full use of class time.
  • A professional and respectful attitude toward the instructor and fellow students is expected.  Tardiness, leaving before class is dismissed, and other class disruptions (such as phone calls, talking over others or without acknowledgement) will be noted and reflected in the final grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
•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.
•In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified before 5:00pm on the day of the absence. Notification must be in writing and sent via e-mail. 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.  Any absence that is not excused by sending e-mail notification.
2.  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: .

Additional Information:

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