The Center for Education and Research in Construction is housed in building 5B on the Sand Point campus. The facility features 25,000 square feet of space on two levels, divided into a variety of spaces suitable for activities ranging from a small meeting to exploration of full-scale prototypes in either physical or digital space. The facility is home to several unique spaces, including:

Virtual Construction Lab
The centerpiece of this lab is a large semi-immersive display. Taking advantage of the high bay space, the screen is double height as well as three panels wide. The system was designed to be flexible and reconfigurable, so that we can make changes and upgrades as technology improves. The current rear projection system includes 6 projectors in a 3 (wide) x 2 (high) array that creates a blended display 30′-6″ wide and 15′-3″ tall with 3072 x 1536 pixels in total.

The screen consists of 3 flat vertical panels at 20 degree angle to each other. This creates a screen that “curves” around the users who stand close to the screen, thereby creating a semi-immersive experience. However, given the large room, we can also project to an audience of 30 – 40 people. This display systems support research and education in virtual and augmented reality applications in planning, design, construction and operations. Mark Baratta, CBE Director of Computing is the primary hardware/software designer for this system.

Methods and Materials Lab
The Methods and Materials Lab focuses on productivity, safety, and health studies. It incorporate two primary components: a large high bay space in which construction systems can be used to work on specified building components or materials using standard or innovative techniques, and an integrated high-speed data acquisition system to capture multiple-feed digital video and instrument signals using high speed wireless telemetry. This space was developed in collaboration with UW’s Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Department.

Construction Education Classrooms
Several Construction Management classes are held each year at our Sandpoint Facility, including:
CM 313 (Methods and Materials I)
CM 404 (Integrated Design Studio)
CM 431 (Project Management II – Capstone)

In addition, CERC is used by the UW CM Department to offer professional development sessions for industry on topics such as Lean Construction and our BIM Certificate.

Lastly, our College, University and Industry colleagues, such as MCA of Western Washington and the Department of Urban Planning and Development, use CERC to conduct their own training sessions, meetings and special events.  To learn more about using the facility, email cerc@uw.edu, or see below for an overview of facility details.

Details & Rates

Room/Space Name
Room #
Square Feet
Projector
Screen
Whiteboard
PinUp
Network
Virtual Construction Lab
B127
1,187
y
y
Available
Available
y
Methods & Materials Lab
B133
6,476
Available
Available
Available
Available
y
P.D.  Koon Conference Room
B204
1,031
y
y
y
y
y
Cornerstone Classroom
B219
900
y
y
y
y
y
Collaboration Suite
B129
1,269
y
y
y
y
y
2nd Floor Lobby/Lounge
n/a
700
Available
Available
Available
Available
y
Kitchen
n/a
200
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
y

 

Room/Space Name
Room #
Square Feet
Capacity
Theater Set
Capacity
Classroom Set
Tier 1
CBE Use
Tier 2
Non-CBE Use
Tier 3
Non-UW Use
Virtual Construction Lab*
B127
1,187
60
34
 $ 100.00
 $ 150.00
 $ 200.00
Methods & Materials Lab
B133
6,476
275
185
 $ 50.00
 $ 75.00
 $ 100.00
P.D.  Koon Conference Room
B204
1,031
60
34
 $ 40.00
 $ 60.00
 $ 80.00
Cornerstone Classroom
B219
900
45
30
 $ 30.00
 $ 45.00
 $ 60.00
Collaboration Suite
B129
1,269
75
30
 $ 20.00
 $ 30.00
 $ 40.00
2nd Floor Lobby/Lounge
n/a
700
n/a
n/a
Negotiable
Negotiable
Negotiable
Kitchen
n/a
200
n/a
n/a
Negotiable
Negotiable
Negotiable

*Rates are subject to change at any time without notice