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Ashar Nelson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture

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HARC 0530 - Independent Architect. Design      

Supervised independent work in architectural analysis and design. (Approval Required)

Winter 2014

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INTD 0264 - Pre-Construction Management      

Solar Decathlon 2011: Pre-Construction Management
The Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored Solar Decathlon is a competition to design and construct a solar-powered house. Middlebury College was recently selected to participate in the 2011 challenge. The objective of this studio course is to develop the schematic design for the approved project in accordance with the deliverables and deadlines set forth by the DOE. The main components of this course will include: project cost estimating; preliminary construction scheduling (designing for critical path, travel, assembly, and dis-assembly); health and safety plan development; and forestry management (harvesting and milling timer frame). Students in this course will work in partnership with students in the discipline coordination and professional practice course. (This course may be accepted as an elective for the Architectural and the Environment focus in the Environmental Studies major with permission of the focus advisor. Approval required; please contact Andrea Murray prior to registration).

Fall 2010

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INTD 0265 - Construction Documentation      

Solar Decathlon 2011: Construction Documentation
The Department of Energy (DOE) and National Research Energy Laboratory (NREL) sponsored Solar Decathlon is a competition to design and construct a solar-powered house. Middlebury College was recently selected to participate in the 2011 challenge. The objective of this studio course is to develop the construction documentation for the approved project in accordance with the deliverables and deadlines set forth by the DOE and NREL. The main components of this course will include: architectural and construction detailing; building code analysis and compliance; building permitting; physical model construction; 3D computer modeling; construction specifications; and structural coordination. Students are expected to continue with INTD 0266 in the spring semester after successfully completing INTD 0265. (Approval required; please contact Andrea Murray prior to registration; this course will be held in the Harris Farmhouse.)

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Winter 2011

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INTD 0267 - Pre-Construction Management      

Solar Decathlon 2011: Pre-Construction Management
This course is a continuation of INTD 0264. This course will focus on the construction scheduling, buy-out and start-up construction efforts for the Solar Decathlon house. Yes, students will be swinging hammers and getting dirty. In addition, students will be monitoring the project budget and purchasing products and materials for implementing the project. Preference will be given, but not restricted, to students who have taken INTD 0265. (Approval required; please contact Andrea Murray prior to registration).

Spring 2011

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INTD 0269 - Construction Admin/Competition      

Solar Decathlon 2011: Construction Administration, Competition & Documentation
The Department of Energy (DOE) and National Research Energy Laboratory (NREL) sponsored Solar Decathlon is a competition to design and construct a solar-powered house. Middlebury College was recently selected to participate in the 2011 challenge. The objective of this course is to provide support and design direction during the construction process. Students will review design documents and actual construction for accuracy and quality control. Students will also adjust the design documents to reflect actual construction methods and means. Another component of this course will be the strategy and planning for the 10 Solar Decathlon contests. Finally, the students of this course will help organize and execute send-off and return celebrations for the house on campus. Students registered for this course will likely travel to DC for the competition. (Approval required; please contact Andrea Murray prior to registration).

Fall 2011

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INTD 0270 - Project Organization/Design      

Solar Decathlon 2013: Project Organization and Schematic Design *
Middlebury College was recently selected to participate in the United States Department of Energy's 2013 Solar Decathlon competition to design and construct a solar-powered house. In this course we will plan the twenty-month effort leading up to the competition and develop the schematic design. The planning effort will involve developing the team and roles, setting project goals, building leadership and management skills, and developing an overall project schedule for the duration of the project. The design effort will take into account such concepts as precedents, program, character and aesthetics, technology selections, and constructability in order to develop a coherent design for the Midd SD 2013 house. We will also begin to formulate our communications strategy and work plan for the project. Our work will be performed in conjunction with the Solar Decathlon student group. (Approval required; please contact Andrea Murray or Ashar Nelson prior to registration).

Spring 2012

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INTD 0272 - Pre-Construction Management      

Solar Decathlon 2013: Pre-Construction Management
Solar Decathlon, sponsored by The Department of Energy (DOE), is a competition to design and construct a solar-powered house. Middlebury College was recently selected to participate in the 2013 challenge. The objective of this studio course is to manage the logistical efforts in support of the project and produce a variety of deliverables as set forth by the DOE. The main components of this course will include: project cost estimating; preliminary construction scheduling (designing for critical path, travel, assembly, and dis-assembly); travel and transport planning, and health and safety plan development. Students in this course will work in partnership with students in the Design Development & Project Communications course. (Approval required; please contact Ashar Nelson prior to registration).

Fall 2012

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INTD 0273 - Construction Documentation      

Solar Decathlon 2013: Construction Documentation (Part I)
The Department of Energy (DOE) and National Research Energy Laboratory (NREL) sponsored Solar Decathlon is a competition to design and construct a solar-powered house. Middlebury College was recently selected to participate in the 2013 challenge. The objective of this studio course is to develop the construction documentation for the approved project in accordance with the deliverables and deadlines set forth by the DOE and NREL. The main components of this course will include: architectural and construction detailing; building code analysis and compliance; building permitting; physical model construction; 3D computer modeling; construction specifications; and structural coordination. Students are expected to continue with INTD 0274 in the spring semester after successfully completing INTD 0273. (Approval required; please contact Andrea Murray prior to registration)

WTR

Winter 2013

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INTD 0275 - Construction Management      

Solar Decathlon 2013: Construction Management
This course is a continuation of INTD 0272. This course will focus on the construction scheduling, buy-out and start-up construction efforts for the Solar Decathlon house. Yes, students will be swinging hammers and getting dirty. In addition, students will be monitoring the project budget and purchasing products and materials for implementing the project. Preference will be given, but not restricted, to students who have taken INTD 0272.

Spring 2013

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