How a Building is Designed and Built

A comprehensive course, diving into every material and system in a commercial building.

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Construction Projects are Complex

No matter which role you have in a building construction project, it is vital that you understand the "guts" of a building in order to make a positive impact.  For contractors, engineers, architects, real estate developers and facilities managers, it takes years or even decades to learn the materials and systems in a building.  The typical source of this education is on-the-job because this material is not taught in schools. Young professionals spend an extraordinary amount of time trying to understand the complexities of a modern building.  Every project is different and the materials and systems can change drastically from one building to the next.  Time can be better spent by adding value to projects instead of learning terminology and construction sequencing.  This course has been developed to boil down years of on-the-job training into high-impact, bite-sized classes.

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The complexity of a construction project is overwhelming for everyone.  Spend more time making a difference on a project, and less time learning the technical details.  This course will foster rapid growth in your education and accelerate your career.  See you in the course.

Curriculum

Introduction - How a Building is Designed and Built

42:52

  • Lesson 1 Course Learning Objectives
  • Lesson 1 Introduction How a Building is Designed and Built FREE PREVIEW
  • Site Utilities and Substructure Preview (Block 2) FREE PREVIEW
  • Structures Preview (Block 3) FREE PREVIEW
  • Enclosure Preview (Block 4) FREE PREVIEW
  • Interiors and Site Work Preview (Block 5) FREE PREVIEW
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Preview (Block 6) FREE PREVIEW

Building Construction Overview

25:32

  • Lesson 2 Objectives - Building Construction Overview
  • Lesson 2 Building Construction Overview
  • Lesson 2 Quiz - Building Construction Overview

Soils and Subsurface Conditions

18:18

  • Lesson 3 Objectives - Soils and Subsurface Conditions
  • Lesson 3 Soils and Subsurface Conditions
  • Lesson 3 Quiz - Soils and Subsurface Conditions

Equipment

17:49

  • Lesson 4 Objectives - Equipment
  • Lesson 4 Equipment
  • Lesson 4 Quiz - Equipment

Clearing and Grubbing

11:50

  • Lesson 5 Objectives - Clearing and Grubbing
  • Lesson 5 Clearing and Grubbing
  • Lesson 5 Quiz - Clearing and Grubbing

Site Utilities

22:28

  • Lesson 6 Objectives - Site Utilities
  • Lesson 6 Site Utilities
  • Lesson 6 Quiz - Site Utilities

Earthwork and Excavation Support

30:03

  • Lesson 7 Objectives - Earthwork and Excavation Support
  • Lesson 7 Earthwork and Excavation Support
  • Lesson 7 Quiz - Earthwork and Excavation Support

Foundations

23:55

  • Lesson 8 Objectives - Foundations
  • Lesson 8 Foundations
  • Lesson 8 Quiz - Foundations

Concrete

22:19

  • Lesson 9 Objectives - Concrete
  • Lesson 9 Concrete
  • Lesson 9 Quiz - Concrete

Grade Beams and Foundation Walls

17:20

  • Lesson 10 Objectives - Grade Beams and Foundation Walls
  • Lesson 10 Grade Beams and Foundation Walls
  • Lesson 10 Quiz - Grade Beams and Foundation Walls

Structures

30:48

  • Lesson 11 Objectives - Structures
  • Lesson 11 Structures
  • Lesson 11 Quiz - Structures

Cranes

20:58

  • Lesson 12 Objectives - Cranes
  • Lesson 12 Cranes
  • Lesson 12 Quiz - Cranes

Cast-In-Place Concrete Structures

32:05

  • Lesson 13 Objectives - Cast-In-Place Concrete Structures
  • Lesson 13 Cast-In-Place Concrete Structures Part 1
  • Lesson 13 Cast-In-Place Concrete Structures Part 2
  • Lesson 13 Quiz - Cast-In-Place Concrete Structures

Precast Concrete

18:59

  • Lesson 14 Objectives - Precast Concrete
  • Lesson 14 Precast Concrete
  • Lesson 14 Quiz - Precast Concrete

History of Steel

14:17

  • Lesson 15 Objectives - History of Steel
  • Lesson 15 History of Steel
  • Lesson 15 Quiz - History of Steel

Steel Structures

26:52

  • Lesson 16 Objectives - Steel Structures
  • Lesson 16 Steel Structures
  • Lesson 16 Quiz - Steel Structures

Masonry, Tilt-Up Concrete, Wood

16:02

  • Lesson 17 Objectives - Masonry, Tilt-Up Concrete, Wood
  • Lesson 17 Masonry, Tilt-Up Concrete, Wood
  • Lesson 17 Quiz - Masonry, Tilt-Up Concrete, Wood

Structures Summary

20:25

  • Lesson 18 Objectives - Structures Summary
  • Lesson 18 Structures Summary
  • Lesson 18 Quiz - Structures Summary

Enclosure

32:51

  • Lesson 19 Objectives - Enclosure
  • Lesson 19 Enclosure
  • Lesson 19 Quiz - Enclosure

Cold Formed Steel Stud Exterior Walls

34:50

  • Lesson 20 Objectives - Cold Formed Steel Stud Exterior Walls
  • Lesson 20 Cold Formed Steel Stud Exterior Walls
  • Lesson 20 Quiz - Cold Formed Steel Stud Exterior Walls

Cladding

18:33

  • Lesson 21 Objectives - Cladding
  • Lesson 21 Cladding
  • Lesson 21 Quiz - Cladding

Curtain Wall

28:59

  • Lesson 22 Objectives - Curtain Wall
  • Lesson 22 Curtain Wall
  • Lesson 22 Quiz - Curtain Wall

Roofing

40:50

  • Lesson 23 Objectives - Roofing
  • Lesson 23 Roofing
  • Lesson 23 Quiz - Roofing

Doors, Frames and Hardware

26:30

  • Lesson 24 Objectives - Doors, Frames and Hardware
  • Lesson 24 Doors, Frames and Hardware
  • Lesson 24 Quiz - Doors, Frames and Hardware

Windows, Glass and Glazing

36:03

  • Lesson 25 Objectives - Windows, Glass and Glazing
  • Lesson 25 Windows, Glass and Glazing
  • Lesson 25 Quiz - Windows, Glass and Glazing

Interior Partitions

37:00

  • Lesson 26 Objectives - Interior Partitions
  • Lesson 26 Interior Partitions
  • Lesson 26 Quiz - Interior Partitions

Finishes

31:48

  • Lesson 27 Objectives - Finishes
  • Lesson 27 Finishes
  • Lesson 27 Quiz - Finishes

Specialties and Furnishings

20:49

  • Lesson 28 Objectives - Specialties and Furnishings
  • Lesson 28 Specialties and Furnishings
  • Lesson 28 Quiz - Specialties and Furnishings

Paving, Hardscape and Landscaping

38:09

  • Lesson 29 Objectives - Paving, Hardcape and Landscaping
  • Lesson 29 Paving, Hardscape and Landscaping
  • Lesson 29 Quiz - Paving, Hardscape and Landscaping

Thermal Comfort

34:28

  • Lesson 30 Objectives - Thermal Comfort
  • Lesson 30 Thermal Comfort
  • Lesson 30 Quiz - Thermal Comfort

Indoor Air Quality

19:02

  • Lesson 31 Objectives - Indoor Air Quality
  • Lesson 31 Indoor Air Quality
  • Lesson 31 Quiz - Indoor Air Quality

Mechanical Systems - HVAC

89:51

  • Lesson 32 Objectives - Mechanical Systems - HVAC
  • Lesson 32 Mechanical Systems - HVAC Part 1
  • Lesson 32 Mechanical Systems - HVAC Part 2
  • Lesson 32 Quiz - Mechanical Systems - HVAC

Plumbing Systems

34:22

  • Lesson 33 Objectives - Plumbing Systems
  • Lesson 33 Plumbing Systems
  • Lesson 33 Quiz - Plumbing Systems

Electrical Systems and Equipment

86:09

  • Lesson 34 Objectives - Electrical Systems and Equipment
  • Lesson 34 Electrical Systems and Equipment Part 1
  • Lesson 34 Electrical Systems and Equipment Part 2
  • Lesson 34 Electrical Systems and Equipment Part 3
  • Lesson 34 Quiz - Electrical Systems and Equipment

Audio Visual, Tele-Data and Security

19:02

  • Lesson 35 Objectives - Audio Visual, Tele-Data and Security
  • Lesson 35 Audio Visual, Tele-Data and Security
  • Lesson 35 Quiz - Audio Visual, Tele-Data and Security

Fire Suppression

34:02

  • Lesson 36 Objectives - Fire Suppression
  • Lesson 36 Fire Suppression
  • Lesson 36 Quiz - Fire Suppression

Fire Alarm and Life Safety

27:00

  • Lesson 37 Objectives - Fire Alarm and Life Safety
  • Lesson 37 Fire Alarm and Life Safety
  • Lesson 37 Quiz - Fire Alarm and Life Safety

Conveying Equipment

35:25

  • Lesson 38 Objectives - Conveying Equipment
  • Lesson 38 Conveying Equipment
  • Lesson 38 Quiz - Conveying Equipment

MEP Trim, Startup and Commissioning

23:33

  • Lesson 39 Objectives - MEP Trim, Startup and Commissioning
  • Lesson 39 MEP Trim, Startup and Commissioning
  • Lesson 39 Quiz - MEP Trim, Startup and Commissioning

Project Closeout, Turnover and Post-Occupancy

20:40

  • Lesson 40 Objectives - Project Closeout, Turnover and Post-Occupancy
  • Lesson 40 Project Closeout, Turnover and Post-Occupancy
  • Lesson 40 Quiz - Project Closeout, Turnover and Post-Occupancy

Course Conclusion

05:23

  • Lesson 41 Course Conclusion

About Your Instructor

Matt Morris

Matt Morris

Senior Instructor

Matt Morris is a registered professional engineer and has extensive experience in many aspects of the engineering and construction industry. He holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In his roles as a civil engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force and a project manager for a major commercial general contractor, Matt has led over 160 projects totaling over $1 Billion. As a professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado School of Mines, Matt has taught over 1,800 students through 16 different university courses.  Matt’s experience spans across many markets, including federal government, public works, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, manufacturing, laboratory, pharmaceutical, corporate, heavy civil and water conveyance. Additionally, Matt’s varied roles have enabled him to manage every phase of a project as an owner, contractor and designer.  Matt is currently a Senior Instructor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

matt@construction-education.com

Skills

Identify the Numerous Components, Materials and Systems in a Commercial Building

Describe the Sequence of Construction and Relationships Between Construction Activities

Identify the Roles of the Major Parties Involved in the Design and Construction of Building Systems & Materials

Describe the Numerous Considerations When Choosing Different Building Materials and Systems

Develop a Construction and Engineering Vocabulary

Evaluate Key Constraints and Select All of the Appropriate Major Systems and Materials in a Building

Endorsements

Captain Morris is by far the most energetic instructor I have had at West Point. He is always upbeat and makes the learning fun and exciting. Captain Morris is the reason I enjoyed this course so much.
Student U.S. Military Academy, West Point
The first day on my new job we had GC interviews. I was able to hold my own talking about drilled piers and mat slabs. I need to thank you for helping me on day one!
Dan Real Estate Developer
Professor Morris is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and offers a unique perspective of real-world construction experiences in the course. He is an effective and enjoyable teacher to learn from.
Student CU Boulder

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Reviews

Excellent Resource for Comprehensive Understanding of all stages of How It All Comes Together in the Field!

From janeen minguillo

Highly recommend this course by MMI! Great for folks getting ready to take exams or just getting their feet wet in the construction management, engineering, or architectural roles to understand wha...

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I highly recommend this course, very useful and clear, explained with simple language.

From Avdija Hamzic

I just love how professor Morris is presenting and tailoring each section, so calm, detail-oriented, knowledgeable and passionate professional. Can't wait to keep moving with the rest of the co...

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From Rick Zani

I recently began my professional career working in the construction industry. Managing different scopes of work can be very challenging to someone with little to no experience, however these course...

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