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Architecture, Design and Construction Courses

ADC 101 Introduction to Design and Construction

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the fields of architecture, interior design, construction and related disciplines. Students learn basic terminology, and documentation standards and techniques. Significant factors influencing design and construction are explored, including historical precedents and design theory, interrelationships between working professionals, the financing of projects, ethical and social concerns, and physical and legal constraints. Selected current topics, such as sustainability, modular design and computer interface are discussed. This overview course provides students with a broad understanding of the design and construction fields. Students will learn contemporary methods for accessing and processing information about the design professions.

ADC 103 CAD Basics

2-4-3
Credit Hours: 3

A general introduction to computer-assisted design. Students gain proficiency in the use of CAD software through creating architectural drawings. Students will learn the terminology, functions and principles of CAD operations as well as building documentation. Additionally, students will be introduced to advanced software for three-dimensional modeling, rendering and animation.
Additional course fee: $115.

ADC 109 Design Studio I

3-5-4
Credit Hours: 4

This studio course introduces students to basic design principles and the manual drawing techniques which are used to graphically convey visual/architectural ideas. Delineation is the means by which students will develop an understanding of the design process. Students will learn to work in both two- and three- dimensional media.
Additional course fee: $115.

ADC 112 Construction Materials and Detailing: Properties

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to commonly employed construction materials, from those used in excavation and foundations through framing and roofing. Materials are studied in terms of their historical uses, composition, physical properties, manufacture and assembly, applications, regulatory constraints and sustainability. Basic terminology, principles and processes in design and construction, and factors that influence material selection and material assemblies are discussed. Construction details are examined and developed. Students learn about key issues including sustainable design, new technologies and materials and the importance of effective team collaboration.
Prerequisites: ADC 103 or ADC 109

ADC 136 Construction Safety and Building Codes

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Students will learn about common construction worker safety procedures contained in OSHA regulations, lead safety procedures regulated by the EPA, and the national model building and energy conservation codes produced by the International Codes Council. The focus will be on the International Building Code (IBC), and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), as well as state and local adaptations of these. Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are also studied.

ADC 146 Construction Supervision and Business Practices

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will study the organization and operations of a small construction firm, a unit within a larger construction firm, and a facility management department. Topics will include business organization and operations, finance and administration, marketing, code compliance, contract bidding, and construction risk management. Supervision and human relations skills needed by those in supervisory and leadership roles are also studied. Leadership skills and problem solving are emphasized.
Prerequisite: ADC 101.

ADC 159 Design Studio II

3-5-4
Credit Hours: 4

This studio design course helps students master techniques used to develop and graphically convey architectural ideas, primarily using computer modeling. Students develop an understanding of the design process related to space through digital and manual delineation.
Prerequisites: ADC 103 and ADC 109.
Additional course fee: $115.

ADC 160 Presentation Techniques

2-4-3
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to materials and methods in the preparation of architectural presentations, drawings and models. Computer modeling and composition software will be introduced, and students will produce a portfolio with difital and manual pieces. Emphasis is placed on using technique and craftsmanship to make design intent clear and compelling.
Prerequisites:
ADC 103, ADC 109.
Additional course fee: $115.

ADC 161 Introduction to Building Science

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

Students learn to perform traditional energy audits on buildings as well as comprehensive, whole-home assessments with diagnostic equipment. Students will learn to diagnose critical performance factors in buildings and increase the energy efficiency of the building and the comfort, health and safety of the building's occupants. Students learn to identify major energy related problems and prioritize solutions based on building science principles and cost-benefit analysis. Successful students will be prepared to sit for the Building Performance Institute's (BPI) Building Analyst (BA) Certification examination.
Prerequisite: ADC 101

ADC 163 Digital Documentation in Architecture and Construction

2-4-3
Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to architectural construction documents, the process by which they are developed, and their use and function in the progression of design through construction. Students learn to use parametric software (such as Architectural Desktop) and industry-standard symbols, terminology and graphics in the development of a complete set of construction documents. Additionally, students learn to utilize and apply advanced software features to increase productivity and accuracy.
Prerequisite: ADC 103.
Additional course fee: $115.

ADC 186 Surveying

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

Basic course in site surveying as it applies to building construction. Emphasis is placed on skill development using the builder's level and transit and on computer-based applications for site design. Course work includes fieldwork exercises in measurement, differential leveling and topographic surveying.
Prerequisite: ADC 101.
Additional course fee: $75.

ADC 192: Color and Lighting

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the principles of color and light as they apply to interior design. Students will explore the theories of the physical aspects of color, using pigment, light and its application in spaces, as well as in controlling the interaction of colors. They will also examine the theories and concepts of light and lighting through technical measurement, visual observation, and lighting design technologies for fixtures and for rooms. Knowledge, thus acquired, will be applied to the selection and integration of color and lighting in interior design projects.
Prerequisite: ADC 101.
Additional course fee: $75.

ADC 209 Design Studio III

3-5-4
Credit Hours: 4

Studio course devoted to the design of housing. Issues related to building context, urbanism and site and appropriate use of materials will be realized through a specific building/interiors program. Values of non-Western cultures relating to habitat will be incorporated into design work. Development of alternatives culminates in selection and detailed realization of a specific design and ends with a juried presentation.
Prerequisites: ADC 159 and ADC 160.
Additional course fee: $115.

ADC 212 Construction Materials and Detailing: Methods

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to a comprehensive range of construction materials, techniques and systems commonly employed in the construction and finishing of buildings and spaces, from interior finishes and treatments (including lighting, color and acoustics) through exterior cladding or enclosures. Materials are studied in terms of their composition, physical properties, manufacture and assembly, applications, regulatory constraints and sustainability.
Prerequisite: ADC 103 or ADC 109.

ADC 221 History of Architecture and Interiors I

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

The course concentrates on the major historical movements and theoretical concepts which describe each period from pre-history through Baroque. Lectures will explore ways of interpreting built forms, sculpture and painting so that specific building projects can be understood in the context of the major issues that are central to each period. Extensive reading is required for the purpose of engaging in class discussions that will interpret both the concepts presented and the specific built forms discussed. Interior spaces and their connection to the concepts discussed will attempt to illuminate the relationship between the container and the contained.
Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

ADC 222 History of Architecture and Interiors II

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course follows the same format as ADC 221, but will concentrate on the modern world from the late 17th century through the present. Interior design will be explored in greater depth in order to respond to its emergence as an independent discipline. In addition to an expanded discussion of interior design, students will read original texts and treatises pertaining to the major theories presented. At this point students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to interpret both written and visual information presented in the course.
Prerequisites: ADC 221 and ENGL 102, which may be taken concurrently.

ADC 226 Structures I — Analysis

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Study of the principles of statics and strength of materials as they pertain to the design of statically determinant structures. Course work includes the concepts of unit stress, strain, deformation and moment of inertia. End reactions, shear and moment diagrams are developed for simple beams. Prerequisites: ADC 101 and MATH 118 or higher.

ADC 227 Structures II — Design

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the means and methods employed in the design of structural members, including beams, columns, trusses and connections. Course work consists of structural applications for timber, steel and concrete.
Prerequisite: ADC 226.

ADC 236 Construction Cost Estimating I

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to quantification of building components including blueprint reading, take-offs and application of unit costs.
Prerequisite: ADC 101.
Additional course fee: $75.

ADC 237 Construction Cost Estimating II  Computer Methods & Cost-Benefit Analysis

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This is the second of two courses that cover the principles and practice of construction cost estimating. It builds on the first course (ADC 236), using computerized methods to produce the detailed cost estimates that contractors use to determine the cost of construction for commercial and residential projects. The course covers the role of estimating and bidding in the construction industry. It also introduces cost-benefit analysis, which encourages sustainability by determining the true cost and value of a building throughout its life.
Prerequisite: ADC 236.
Additional course fee: $75.

ADC 246 Contracts and Specifications

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Study of the purposes, structure and provisions of contemporary construction industry contracts. Relationships among owners, architects and other design professionals, general and subcontractors, and vendors and suppliers are reviewed in detail. Students learn to adjust standard contract formats and specifications to tailor them for individual projects, according to C.S.I. procedure.
Prerequisite: ADC 101.

ADC 253 Environmental Systems I

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

An overview of environmental control systems used in modern buildings, focusing on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Students will gain a basic understanding of and foundation in these systems and their design. Through application and practice, students will learn the interrelationships between systems and approaches to integrating them into building design and construction.
Prerequisite: ADC 101 and ADC 103 or ADC 109.

ADC 254 Environmental Systems II

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Components and systems used to control the environment of modern buildings are studied, expanding student's knowledge of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) systems. Specialized building systems are also studied, including fire protection, vertical systems, signaling, and communication. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of specialized topics related to sustainability, including alternatives to traditional MEP systems. Students will become prepared for the LEED Green Associate Examination.
Prerequisite: ADC 101 and ADC 103 or ADC 109.

ADC 259 Design Studio IV

3-5-4
Credit Hours: 4

Studio course devoted to the design of commercial and institutional projects. This studio introduces students to increased programmatic and contextual complexity. The socio-cultural, environmental and behavioral aspects of architectural and interior design are emphasized through an examination of public buildings, how they are used and how they are perceived. This design studio continues the development of the student’s ability to understand, interpret and represent architectural spaces. Projects will culminate in a formal “juried” presentation.
Prerequisite: ADC 209.
Additional course fee: $115.

ADC 260 Advanced Presentation Techniques

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course assists students in preparing effective presentations of design and documentation work, both for transfer to baccalaureate programs and for career placement. Student portfolio needs will be individually evaluated and assessed with regard to professional and career goals. Students will learn skills necessary for the design, development and dissemination of digital portfolio presentations. Students will create professional development plans and job search materials and strategies.
Prerequisite: ADC 160.
Pre- or corequisite: ADC 209 or ADC 163.
Additional course fee: $75.

ADC 261 Construction Management and Scheduling

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course is a thorough survey of the construction project management process from initial conception to completion. Topics include feasibility analysis, siting/staging issues, software application, personnel management, contractual procedures and job-site safety. Students will be introduced to basic contractor operations, project administration, job planning and Critical Path Method scheduling. After building a conceptual base, students will apply their scheduling knowledge to simulated projects. In this latter phase of the course students will use the most current and prevalent project planning software.
Prerequisite: ADC 246.

ADC 263 Digital Animation and Rendering

2-4-3
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction of use of the microcomputer to create realistic three-dimensional presentations. Students will construct computerized models, apply materials, backgrounds and lighting, then apply animation techniques to create convincing depictions.
Prerequisite: ADC 103 or ART 150.
Additional course fee: $115.

ADC 273 Advanced CAD Applications

2-2-3
Credit Hours: 3

Students are introduced to contemporary innovations in Computer Assisted Design (CAD) software and apply the newest technological features in a comprehensive, faculty supervised CAD project that documents a building or an individual building system. Project components include: two- and three-dimensional drawings, a written and oral report, and a Web site.
Prerequisite: ADC 163.
Additional course fee: $75.

ADC 286 Building Rehabilitation and Energy Retrofit

3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course will examine three integrally related topics: 1) the re-development process by which existing building stock is rehabilitated, 2) construction issues specific to the rehabilitation of existing buildings and 3) energy retrofit, which includes sustainability and related strategies. ADC 286 will introduce students to a broad array of tools, including construction management techniques and methods, energy audits and retrofits as well as public and private financing options and project management relative to building rehabilitation for both small and large scale projects, especially in urban neighborhoods.
Prerequisite: ADC 101

Unless otherwise noted, all college level courses require English 101 placement.