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Friday, June 8, 2018

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Students at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, in Boston, are getting a unique hands-on education in construction as a building contractor is using a new academic building project as a tool for learning.

Gilbane Building Company is working on the campus’s first new academic facility in reportedly more than 45 years. The 75,000-square-foot project has been turned into what the company is calling a “living learning laboratory” for students, who are privy to site tours and a lecture series.

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Students at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, in Boston, are getting a unique hands-on education in construction as a building contractor is using a new academic building project as a tool for learning.

“Gilbane’s willingness to share their time and expertise to connect real-world situations from this building’s construction to our classroom curriculum has added a new dimension to student learning,” said Jack Duggan, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Technology.

In addition to lectures and classroom presentations, students have the opportunity to speak directly with workers about different facets of the project. The school reports that, to date, students have participated in 4,500 learning hours—about the equivalent to two-and-a-half years of full-time enrollment for one student.

The company is also partnering with project architect Leers Weinzapfel Architects and RSC Structural Engineers for some of the lectures, which cover topics that range from LEAN construction, construction risk management and environmental engineering.

The company is also partnering with project architect Leers Weinzapfel Architects and RSC Structural Engineers for some of the lectures, which cover topics that range from LEAN construction, construction risk management and environmental engineering.

“Gilbane is committed to fostering careers in the construction industry,” said Neil Benner, Gilbane’s project executive.

“Using the development of this building as a living laboratory is a great way to bring classroom education to life. These Wentworth students bring tremendous energy and commitment to their studies and it’s gratifying to know that this building will serve as a testament to the foundation of what will no doubt be long and successful careers.”

When the building is complete, it will house programs including biological engineering and civil engineering, as well as science and manufacturing laboratories, classrooms, galleries, and lecture and meeting spaces.

   

Tagged categories: Education; Schools; Worker training

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