Sustainable Design & Construction Program

Sustainable Design & Construction Degree (SDC-X)

The Sustainable Design & Construction degree programs prepares students for careers in planning, designing, building, and operating sustainable buildings and infrastructure to maximize their lifecycle economic value, their net contribution to environmental functions and services, and their social equity.

The SDC-X subprogram offers courses in: project finance; lifecycle assessment; sustainable multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder planning and design processes; green architecture; performance-based structural design; building energy systems; renewable power generation and smart electrical grids; water supply; wastewater treatment; transportation development; and sustainable construction materials and processes. Classes on cutting-edge information technology, sensor networks embedded in intelligent buildings and infrastructure, strategy, economics, entrepreneurship and organization design for new businesses, and corporate or governmental initiatives aimed at enhancing the sustainability of buildings and infrastructure round out the subprogram.

This subprogram is intended for students with undergraduate degrees in architecture, engineering, science, construction management, economics or business who wish to pursue careers that enhance the sustainability of the built environment.

Employers of past SDC graduates include: architectural and engineering design firms, constructors, design-build firms and developers focused on delivering green buildings and infrastructure; energy and sustainability consultants; facility management or sustainability departments within large companies; clean-tech start ups, and clean-tech venture funds.

There are four tracks in the SDC subprogram. All four SDC tracks have a common overarching structure and core that includes courses in construction engineering and management and introduces cutting edge metrics and tools to enhance lifecycle sustainability of the sustainable built environment. Each track then offers a different set of additional courses beyond the SDC core to support a specific career direction:

Sustainable Design & Construction Program 2014-2015 Admitted Student Open House (PDF)

Better Buildings Case competition  

The Better Buildings Case Competition 2014

Stanford participated for the first time this year to The Better Buildings Case Competition’s third edition, and won the best proposal award for its solution to incentivize energy generation in multifamily affordable housing.

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Stanford's 2014 ASC award winner team  

Stanford wins Second Place at the 2014 ASC National Graduate Student Competition!

This marks Stanford's eighth top-three national finish in the past eight years. Advised by Gary Griggs, Consulting Professor, Stanford sent two teams to the competition, with Team #1 winning Second Place for the Open Division’s Integrated Project Problem, sponsored by Clark Construction.

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Annual Thanksgiving Potluck on November 13, 2013  

Annual Thanksgiving Potluck held in the Escondido Village on November 13, 2013

Construction Management Association of America Student Awards for 2012-13  

The Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) held their finale event, showcasing Stanford startups from the three different competitions: Entrepreneurship Challenge (E-Challenge), Social Entrepreneurship (Social-E) Challenge, and Product Showcase. $150,000 was distributed among the winners of the three competitions. Participated by Rene Morkos and Jorge Macedo with the CEE, Construction Program.

Construction Management Association of America Student Awards for 2012-13  

Heidi Von Korff and Prithvi Raj Padachuri won the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Student Awards for 2012-13.
The awards included a $1,000 scholarship. CEM Professor Gary Griggs attended the CMAA Northern California Awards and Scholarship Banquet with the students. Each student award recipient provided a short video about themselves that were shown at the event.

Professor Tatum picture  

Dr. Clyde "Bob" Tatum, Chair and Obayashi Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been selected as recipient of the 2013 Peurifoy Construction Research Award in recognition of "his leadership in research related to design-construction integration and construction innovation."

Douglas picture  

Professor Emeritus Captain James Douglas dies at age 98

The Stanford University Construction Group is sad to announce the passing of Professor Emeritus Captain James Douglas, one of our founding faculty members. More information on Professor Douglas' career and life can be found here.

Professor Ray Levitt  

Civil and Environmental Engineering congratulates Professor Ray Levitt on his recent appointments. In May 2012 Professor Levitt was elected Chair of the 45th Faculty Senate and Steering Committee at Stanford University.

In June 2011,Prof. Levitt was appointed as the fourth holder of the Kumagai Professorship in the School of Engineering. Dr. Taichiro Kumagai of Kumagai Gumi Company in Tokyo endowed the chair with the intent that the holder should be “at the forefront of civil engineering and the allied engineering disciplines which contribute to its refinement.”

Professor Martin Fischer   Civil and Environmental Engineering congratulates Professor Martin Fischer on his March 2012 election as a foreign member to IVA, Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien (the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences in Sweden). Founded in 1919 by the Swedish King Gustaf V, it is the world's oldest academy of engineering sciences.
Bruce Cahan  

Stanford University is pleased to announce that Bruce Cahan has joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department as a Visiting Scholar.

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Stanford Students to Green County Jail

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) -- Prof. Martin Fischer is interviewed by KCBS about Santa Clara County's Green Jail Project. CEM researchers will work with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to complete an as-is Energy Plus model of the building, evaluate energy efficiency retrofit options, implement the retrofit options and then assess how well they actually work. Read Press Release »

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Listen to Martin Fischer's interview on KCBS

Professor Bob Tatum Holds Construction "Bootcamp"

The Stanford CEM, DCI,and SDC classes of 2011-2012 took part in the first Stanford Construction Management "Bootcamp" organized by Emeritus Professor Bob Tatum.

  Stanford Construction Bootcamp

Cosntruction Bootcamp

History and Evolution of the Construction Program at Stanford.