This seminar provides students with a concise overview of the range of building systems that are encountered in professional commercial real estate development practice in the USA. The course focuses on the relationship between real estate product types, building systems, and the factors that real estate development professionals must consider when evaluating these products and systems for a specific development project. The course surveys commercial building technology including Foundation, Structural, MEP/FP, Envelope, and Interiors systems and analyzes the factors that lead development professionals to select specific systems for specific product types. One or more field trips to active construction sites may be scheduled during non-class hours based on student availability. Enrollment is open to MSRED students, DUSP and M.Arch students, and undergraduates by permission of the instructor.
Class meets for first half of term.