We are excited that you are considering applying to ColoradoBuildingWorkshop! At this time ColoradoBuildingWorkshop is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Architecture at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. Applications will be accepted the fall semester prior to a student enrolling in Design Studio IV in the M.ARCH curriculum sequence. For graduate students entering Studio IV at CU Denver, this certificate offers a unique opportunity to focus 18 credits of study on design build with an emphasis on integrated project delivery. Students who are accepted will be required to complete all 18 credit hours of the Design Build Certificate.

Information sessions are held during the fall term. Application deadlines vary. However, decisions are made prior to the beginning of spring registration.

Please email Kate Hartung (katherine.hartung@ucdenver.edu) with questions.

  • 3 credits
  • Offered every fall
  • Available to all M.Arch students
  • Introduces the student to and creates an awareness of the project delivery methods and the history of these methods both in the United States and the world.
  • Compares Design-Build and integrated project delivery methods with other traditional delivery methods, including Design-Bid-Build, Construction Manager at Risk, and Owner’s Agent as Construction Manager.
  • Examines the traditional and current roles of Owner, Architect, Consultants, General Contractor and Subcontractors.
  • Examines previous Architect/Contractor relations and the code of ethics required for emerging trends in Design-Build and Integrated Project Delivery.
  • Examines successful project management and the qualities of leadership, including confidence, vision, knowledge and empowerment.
  • 3 credits
  • Offered every spring
  • Closed enrollment exclusively for CBW participants
  • Understanding the importance of quality assurance for Design-Build, especially early in the process.
  • Explores successful approaches to risk management, including contracts, insurance and uncontrollable acts.
  • Studies the fundamentals of pro forma and other financial analysis formats including design fees, permits, FF&E, financing, land costs, legal costs, etc.
  • Studies the fundamentals of real estate.
  • Identifies the various insurance coverages necessary for Design-Build, including professional liability, general liability, builder’s risk, defective workmanship, worker’s compensation, and performance and bid bonds.
  • Identifies and compares the various Design-Build contracts available.
  • Examines various forms of dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, litigation, and the successful track record for Design-Build.
  • 3 credits
  • Offered every spring
  • Available to all M.Arch students
  • Creates a general understanding of principles of design and problem solving used by architects.
  • Examines the traditional phases of design and their relationship to each other.
  • Explores the role of the Architect during Construction Administration.
  • Identifies typical requirements of building codes, zoning ordinances and other regulatory requirements.
  • Gives the student a general introduction to building systems.
  • Examines the importance of site design and building context for a project.
  • Creates a general understanding of the Developer’s and Contractor’s roles during design and construction.
  • 6 credits
  • Offered every spring
  • Closed enrollment exclusively for CBW participants
  • This ‘studio’ environment brings together students of various backgrounds and professions for a final ‘capstone’ project, and encourages the ability of individuals and teams to create solutions based on a predefined set of criteria.
  • The group study emphasizes the importance of teaming.
  • Students are given a chance to develop a program, project schedule, project estimate and other requirements for the project.
  • Teams of students are brought together to develop a solution, involving design and construction models.
  • 3 credits
  • Offered every Maymester
  • Closed enrollment exclusively for CBW participants
  • Examines systems that seamlessly integrate construction into the design phase of a project, specifically in conceptual pricing analysis from preliminary pricing packages and the early identification of building systems and components.
  • Examines the various levels of cost estimating (conceptual, performance, and hard bid), organizing methods (systems, costs/square foot, components), and tracking trends during construction.
  • Explores software available for scheduling, estimating and project management. Examines the traditional construction means and methods used by Contractors.
  • Examines the role of the project manager and the many skill sets required to lead a team from project concept to completion.
  • Examines the importance of job site safety and its role on the job site and the Construction trades.
  • Teams then construct their design solution from the Advanced Studio.