The Center for Design-Construction Integration (CDCI) provides a trans-disciplinary structure for research and development of curriculum across all areas in the built environment. The CDCI supports the integration of industry stakeholders including architects, engineers, constructors, owners, subcontractors, investors, developers and government officials. It is a place where disciplines merge and cross-pollinate through planning and research to enable faculty across multiple academic units to develop and deliver courses and programs that tackle the full breadth of educational challenges for design, construction, operation, rehabilitation as well as the end-of-life processes for built environments.
Responding to the shared societal concern for sustainable and high efficiency building and infrastructure design, construction and operations requires the creative interaction of professions from many educational backgrounds. The CDCI is a collaboration of faculty from Purdue Polytechnic institute that have a diverse background related to the design and construction of building structures. It is organized to, facilitate the growth of Purdue trans-disciplinary built environment education and research.
Current CDCI projects include:
(1) Development of courses for the Design and Construction Integration, offered by the School of Construction Management
(2) Assessment of lean concepts in construction and design companies, such as lessons learned procedures in diverse disciplines of the built environment, including evaluating feedback loops in the Design and Construction process
(3) Development of instructional materials to train high-school students and non-traditional learners on prefabrication in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry
(4) Work to establish global academic and industry relationships that will enable students of design, engineering, construction management and related study areas to participate in trans-disciplinary built environment exchange opportunities and internships.