UNM AGC Students Study in Germany

September 2, 2014

University of New Mexico AGC Students Study in Germany

A group of UNM AGC Student Chapter members took advantage of a scholarship made possible by the AGC Endowment to the UNM Construction Management program to spend up to 4 weeks studying sustainable architecture and construction in Germany.  The students submitted proposals and were selected for receipt of the funds based upon academic achievement, AGC participation, and industry experience.  

The UNM courses were offered by the Schools of Architecture and the Civil Engineering Department.  The first two weeks of the program addressed innovations that the Europeans are applying in the design of buildings to create passive and energy efficient facilities while promoting healthy life styles and aesthetic appeal.  The remaining two weeks of the course looked at how the Germans integrate sustainability throughout the construction process to include net zero methods, Life Cycle Assessments, and LEAN construction techniques.

The course spent three weeks in Berlin with side trips to Hamburg, Prague, Dresden, and Weimar.  Next, the class passed through Munich enroute to Stuttgart for the remaining week of studies.   Every day of the course was filled with visits to German Architecture and Construction companies.  Additionally, classes were held with the faculty from institutions such as Berlin Technical University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and the Fraunhofer Institute.  

If you would be interested in having any of the students come speak to your organization about the lessons they learned from the trip, please feel free to contact Dr. Mark Russell, AGC Endowed Chair, at russ1307@unm.edu