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The Stanford Construction Institute was launched in 1960 as one of Stanford's first Industrial Affiliate Programs to support enrichment of our Construction MS educational program by allowing us to engage practicing professionals from industry as consulting professors.

About the Construction Institute

A key strength of our MS Construction Program is offering a unique blend of cutting-edge insights from the ongoing research of our full-time academic faculty and strong coverage of current and evolving industry best practices presented by a superb group of dedicated lecturers and consulting professors from industry.

Examples of the cutting-edge research that has enriched our program ahead of most of our competitors include Professor John Fondahl's research on the critical path method, Professor Clark Oglesby's research on construction safety, Professor Henry Parker's research on methods improvement in the 1970s, research by the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) during the past two decades on Building Information Modeling and Virtual Design & Construction, research by Global Projects Center (GPC) over the last decade on innovative approaches for financing and governance of infrastructure projects, and ongoing research on new ways to measure and promote sustainability in buildings and infrastructure and on sensor and control networks to optimize the operation of interconnected intelligent buildings and infrastructure in a new “smart built environment.”

The Construction Program’s budget from the School of Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering Department covers only the costs of our full-time, academic faculty and program administrator. We value the practitioner input into our MS programs very highly, so we have always fund-raised from the industry to support the ongoing inclusion of the consulting faculty from industry who help to provide the broad-based range of topics that enable us to attract the very best students in the nation and globally, maintain the relevance to industry of our academic programs and provide our students with knowledge that they can put to use immediately upon graduating.

Our industry faculty round out our degree program by teaching classes ranging from construction law and accounting to infrastructure project development and delivery, real estate development, building energy systems and labor relations. This unique blend of cutting-edge concepts, methods and tools, together with industry-grounded best practices, is delivered through the Sustainable Design and Construction program, which attracts strong applications from large numbers of the top students in the nation and globally.

Stanford's construction program continues to thrive thanks to the continued support from alumni, members, and friends.  Your donation to the Construction Institute, at whatever amount, is very important to continuing our innovative educational programs, funds  top-notch consulting professors or lecturers, as well as, provides a curriculum/co-curricular activities that develop the range of skills that are important for our graduates.

To give and support the ongoing work, study, and research in Stanford’s SDC program:

  • Visit our Giving site
  • In the first dropdown menu, select “School of Engineering”
  • In the second dropdown menu, select “Engineering Other (please specify below)”
  • In the box below, type “Construction Institute” 
  • Complete the rest of the form and submit

Or to give by check, make a check payable to “Stanford Construction Institute” and mail to:

Stanford Construction Institute
473 Via Ortega, Rm 242
Stanford, CA  94305

Member Affiliation and Benefits

Affiliating your firm with the Construction Institute

The construction industry faces great challenges, including a lack of professional resources and a need for better management tools. Upgrading our failing national infrastructure, and the requisite project funding that will entail, are perhaps the greatest challenge. We are committed to working together with you to address those challenges. Student interest in Construction is stronger than ever, and we are committed to helping develop the critical professional resources and tools required to meet the needs of the industry. We welcome and appreciate donations of any size; however, we would like to invite you to join in the group of companies that are supporting our MS Construction Program as Members of the Stanford Construction Institute:

Membership benefits

We invite interested firms to affiliate with the Stanford Construction Institute to support the continued strength of our MS academic program and to guide and support ongoing and future initiatives to keep the Stanford Construction Program in the forefront of such programs worldwide.  For more information about Stanford University Policy Affecting Industrial Affiliates Program Memberships, please visit here.

Member firms can appoint a representative to participate in our Program Advisory Committee to provide ongoing input to the design of our MS degree programs. In addition, members receive the following benefits:

Annual membership contribution based on firm size

  • Firms with 2,000 employees or more: $20,000
  • Firms with fewer than 2,000 employees: $10,000

Checks must please be made payable to "Stanford University Construction Institute" and mailed to the address below. 

Construction Institute
Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy
473 Via Ortega Room 242
Stanford, CA 94305-4020
Phone: (650) 723-4447

 

Construction Institute Member Firms

The Stanford Construction Institute member companies are represented by selected leaders in our Program Advisory Committee. Their support is critical to the ongoing success of Stanford's Sustainable Design and Construction Program. 

Allen Group
The Allen Group 
Bechtel Logo
Bechtel 
Cahill Logo
Cahill 
Clark Pacific
Clark Pacific 
Construction Employees Association
Construction Employers Association 
Cordoba Corp
Cordoba Corporation 
DPR Construction Logo
DPR Construction 
Exponent Logo
Exponent 
KKCS logo
KKCS Program Management 
Sares Regis NC logo
Sares Regis 
Traylor
Traylor Bros. Inc. 
Vance Brown Builders
Vance Brown Builders 
Yapi Merkezi
Yapi Merkezi 

 

Program Advisory Committee

Schatzie Allen-Jefferson

Schatzie Allen-Jefferson
President,
The Allen Group, LLC

 

Başar Arıoğlu

Chairman,

Yapı Merkezi İnşaat

 

Brendan Bechtel
Chairman & CEO,
Bechtel Group, Inc 

 

Loren Brown
President,
Vance Brown Builders

Kathryn Cahill-Thompson

Kathryn Cahill Thompson
Chief Executive Officer,
Cahill Contractors, LLC

Don Clark

Don Clark
Co-CEO, Clark Pacific

Dev Krishnan

Dev Krishnan
President & CEO,
KKCS

Mark Kroll

Mark Kroll
Managing Director,
Sares Regis N California

 

George Pfeffer
President & Mgmt Cmte Member,
DPR Construction 

George Pla

George Pla
Founder & CEO,
Cordoba Corporation

Joshua Ritti

Joshua Ritti
Construction Practice Director,
Exponent

Michael Traylor

Michael Traylor
Owner & Co-President,
Traylor Bros, Inc

 

Michael Walton
Secretary,
Construction Employers’ Association