Center for Education and research in Construction (CERC)
(Formerly the Pacific NW Center for Construction Research and Education)
With generous support from the local construction industry in Seattle, the Department of Construction Management took on an ambitious project to develop a nearby research and education center at the old naval base at Sand Point. An Open House was held on November 20, 2009 to thank donors for more than $2 million in contributions and to celebrate the grand opening of The Pacific Northwest Center for Construction Research and Education (PNCCRE). In January 2015 the PNCCRE was renamed the Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC).
CERC features 25,000 square feet of space on two levels, providing a home for three areas of research and activity:
The Center’s Executive Director, Dr. Carrie Dossick, Professor in the Department of Construction Management, is responsible for the development and implementation of the Center to meet the needs of the CM faculty and students and industry.
Virtual Construction Lab
The screen consists of 3 flat vertical panels at 20 degree angle to each other. This creates a screen that "curves" around the users who stand close to the screen, thereby creating a semi-immersive experience. However, given the large room, we can also project to an audience of 30 - 40 people. This display systems support research and education in virtual and augmented reality applications in planning, design, construction and operations. Mark Baratta, CBE
Methods and Materials Lab
In addition, CERC is used by the UWCM Department to offer professional development sessions for industry, on topics such as Lean Construction.
Lastly, our College, University and Industry colleagues, such as MCA of Western Washington and the Department of Urban Planning and Developement, use CERC to conduct their own trainings, meetings and special events. To learn more about using the facility, click here.