Developing A Workable Senior Capstone Project
2005 Annual Conference Proceedings
A senior capstone course should challenge students to use the skills that they have developed in their college experience. Because construction management curricula is so diversified, senior capstone projects have to be practical exercises that incorporate both business principles and professional construction management practice. In the spring 2004 semester at the University of Maine, a construction management capstone class was developed that utilized major components needed in modern
... d in modern construction practice. Student teams were assigned to develop capstone projects based on actual plans and specifications that were either actively being bid or constructed in the public sector. Plans represented various project types and included a municipal wastewater treatment plant, an interstate bridge, and a highway embankment Students formed groups who took the identity of various active contractors. The capstone consisted of these individual teams choosing a set of plans and specifications from the varied set of available plans and preparing for four project phases: a business plan, project bid, construction schedule, and after construction litigation. Because of the size of these projects and the time limitations of the semester, selected areas of the plans were bid and scheduled. Bidding required each team to create a bid book that documented all assumptions and presented the costs as per required in the contract. The bid was awarded and the teams then prepared a resource loaded construction schedule. Scenarios were created for litigation and the teams outlined how they would defend against the litigation. Guest speakers came to class sessions to discuss business plans, business research, construction project management, and QC/QA control. Students were graded as teams and were judged on the separate four phases.