Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ferris’ School of Built Environment Puts Building and Energy Sciences Under

Here is an excerpt from the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report from WWJ News Radio 950 in Detroit that is mailed electronically via subscription:

When it comes to buildings and energy, Ferris State University has it covered. Ferris State’s new School of Built Environment brings together everything havin

g to do with buildings, from architecture and design to construction management to facilities management to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that make buildings comfortable.

The 650-student School of Built Environment is one of four

schools within Ferris’ College of Engineering Technology. Like most programs at the Big Rapids-based university, it’s

relentlessly focused on solving real-world problems with creative technology.

The School of Built Environment is led by Brian Craig, AIA, LEED AP, previously a practicing architect in Grand Rapids and internationally. He's wrapping up his first full academic year in charge of the school.

“We're pretty excited about what this is able to do for us educationally,” Craig said. "In the academic world, there's a tendency to focus perhaps too narrowly on individual disciplines. But what we see out in the world today is the need for employees who have the abilities to understand the full breadth of the built environment. I may be working in HVAC, but I'd better understand construction, I'd better understand architecture. We want to get our faculty and students working together - in fact we just had a strategic planning session on what our common interests are.”

To view the online version of the Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report, visit

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