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Civil Engineering and Architecture is the study of the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects. The course includes an introduction to many of the varied factors involved in building design and construction including building components and systems, structural design, storm water management, site design, utilities and services, cost estimation, energy efficiency, and careers in the design and construction industry. 

The major focus of the CEA course is to expose students to the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects, design teams and teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation.

Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design and build electronic and physical models of residential and commercial facilities.  While implementing these designs students will continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understanding of the design process.

Civil Engineering and Architecture is a high school level course that is appropriate for 10th or 11th grade students interested in careers related to civil engineering and architecture.  Other than their concurrent enrollment in college preparatory mathematics and science courses, this course assumes no previous knowledge.

This course is a Weighted-Grade Credit

The course of study includes:

         Overview of Civil Engineering and Architecture

  History of Civil Engineering and Architecture

o   Past Civil Engineering and Architecture

o   Principles and Elements of Design

o   Architectural Styles

  Careers in Civil Engineering and Architecture 

         Residential Design

  Building Design and Construction practices

o   Building codes

o   Building components

o   Green technology

o   Universal Design

o   3D architectural software

o   Design and construction documentation

  Cost Analysis

  Energy Efficiency

  Storm water analysis

  Water supply


  Electrical Systems

  Wastewater management

  Affordable housing design

  Universal design

         Commercial Applications

  Commercial Buildings

o   Building codes

o   Land Use and Development

o   Commercial building components

o   Structural design

  Structural Design

o   Steel deck

o   Precast concrete floors

o   Steel joints

o   Structural steel beams

o   Spread footings

  Services and Utilities

o   Energy Codes

o   Plumbing (Optional)

o   Electrical systems (Optional)

o   Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning systems

o   Wastewater management

  Site Considerations

o   Land surveying

o   Soil analysis

o   Road design (Optional)

o   Parking lot design

o   Storm water management

o   Site grading (Optional)

o   Low impact development

         Commercial Building Design

  Commercial Building Design Project

o   Property description

o   Site discovery

o   Commercial project viability

o   Project management

  Commercial Building Design Presentation