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"Design-Build" Program at Drury University, Springfield, MO

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of today’s date. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. They are randomly listed in the blog section of this website. Enjoy!

From the Drury University website, 2023: “Professor Traci Sooter, FAIA is the Director of

the Design-Build Program for Drury University. Professor Sooter has collaborated with professors from a variety of disciplines across the Drury campus as well as other universities and organizations to create the “whole-school approach” to Design-Build projects, the only such program in the country.

“To date nineteen projects for charities or communities in need have been completed including the first LEED Platinum home for Habitat for Humanity International; four projects for the ABC television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; a competition home in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon; and most recently four projects for The Gathering Tree, including a national award winning tiny home; all helping to end homelessness in Springfield, Missouri with a goal of creating a ‘City Where No One Sleeps Outside’.

“Through these hands-on, real-world experiences, students develop their professional design skills, better understand how design transforms into the built environment and learn that giving back to one’s community should be a life-long endeavor.”

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