On September 12, the CE-509: Control of the Construction Project class traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to visit Wehr Constructors, Inc.'s job site for the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA. The class, taught by associate professor and Terrell-McDowell Endowed Chair of Construction Engineering and Project Management Tim Taylor, will require students to develop an estimate of the cost for the reinforced concrete portions of the YMCA over the semester.
“Our contracting partners, like Wehr, are always happy to provide actual construction project documents for us to use as part of our class,” said Taylor. “This adds an element of realism to the classroom environment and helps prepare our students for their career."
When the students hand in their projects, Taylor will compare their estimate to the estimate Wehr submitted for the work.
“Obviously the students enjoy (or are nervous) as to how their work compares to people who do it for a living,” added Taylor.
Hosts for the event were DJ Berry (project manager) and Chris Smyth (Wehr’s lead estimator) of Wehr Constructors, Inc.