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John Regener, AIA, CCS, CCCA, CSI, SCIP
Senior Member
Username: john_regener

Post Number: 165
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2004 - 12:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I want to identify colleges and universities that have classes in construction specifications. These could include architecture, engineering and construction curriculums. These could also include continuing education and distance learning programs, but through accredited colleges and universities.

Please respond in this forum or contact me directly by e-mail at my address in the member roster of SCIP (www.scip.com).

Thanks in advance.
Curt Norton, CSI, CCS
Senior Member
Username: curtn

Post Number: 51
Registered: 06-2002
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2004 - 06:58 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I teach a course at University of Wisconsin in the Construciton Engineering Management program. Five other CSI Chapter members help with lectures.

It is a one credit course at this time.
John Bunzick, CCS, CCCA
Senior Member
Username: bunzick

Post Number: 231
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2004 - 09:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston has two courses which include specifications as part of their syllabus. One on codes and specifications, the other on technical writing, including specifications. I think that The Boston Architectural Center teaches a course on contract documents, but again, not specifically specs.
Anne Whitacre, CCS CSI
Senior Member
Username: awhitacre

Post Number: 97
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2004 - 12:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The University of Washington in their graduate program has specifications and contract documents as an elective. It (of course) is not taught by a CSI member....or full time specification writer.
Phil Kabza
Senior Member
Username: phil_kabza

Post Number: 51
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Monday, July 05, 2004 - 04:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Northern Michigan University's construction management program has a course in Contracts and Specifications, which my stepson recently completed.

Encouraging to know that CMs are being better prepared to interpret contracts than those responsible for drafting them.
Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2004 - 03:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

The New Mexico universities offer a Written Construction Documents course, counts as Arch or Civil. I think it's a taped class last done live in 2001. For more info contact Lee H. Orosco, FCSI, Abq CSI Education Committee Member, Intel FTD-FTE Technical Writer, manorosco@aol.com (505)794-0855 or 898-3794
David Axt, AIA, CCS, CSI
Senior Member
Username: david_axt

Post Number: 291
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2004 - 04:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

A few years ago the CDT program was part of a Professional Practice class at the School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii.
presbspec (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 06, 2004 - 04:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

At Old Dominion University in Norfolk VA we had a class CET 340 (?) that used the CDT concepts in the class and included some specification exercises. However the instructor no longer references the MOP for the class altho a copy is available in the department library for the student's use. We also had a Specifications Writing Class in the Continuing Education Programs in the Engineering School. This was dropped due to lack of students signing up for it. (also lack of promotion by the school)
Helaine K. Robinson CCS
Senior Member
Username: hollyrob

Post Number: 58
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Monday, July 12, 2004 - 03:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Northern Kentucky University, www.nku.edu, 1-semester 3-credit hour course required for construction management/technology students.
J. Peter Jordan
Username: jpjordan

Post Number: 3
Registered: 05-2004
Posted on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - 03:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I appreciate the unattributed plug from David Axt; however, to my knowledge the course that he refers to (which I taught) has not been offered at the University of Hawaii's School of Architecture since I left Hawaii in 1997. I was very proud of the fact that I found a way to provide a CDT study class and expose architecture students to construction specifications in an environment where they mixed with architects, engineers, contractors, and product reps.

A few years back, the CSI Houston Chapter was teaching some portions of a course that included construction documents in the College of Technology at the University of Houston (the other UH). This effort was discontinued when the instructor left the university.
Ralph Liebing
Senior Member
Username: rliebing

Post Number: 87
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - 03:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

University of Oklahoma has a program taught by Terry Patterson, author of the Illustrated Building Code Handbooks[2000,and 2003 code editions]
Richard L Matteo
Senior Member
Username: rlmat

Post Number: 32
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - 04:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


The Phoenix Chapter of CSI has offered a course in specification writing given in 10 to 12 weekly sessions in the evening.
I'm not sure, but I think there may be something at ASU or the University of Phoenix.
If you call me, I have the names of some people you can contact if you would like more info.
Lee Orosco (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004 - 01:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

We have recently formed the CSI CDT Academic Resource Collaborative whose vision is to collect, develop and share CSI CDT Course Curriculum and support materials for use in teaching university level Construction Documents course." Go to the website for more info http://www.pmteam.com/csi_arc.htm.

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