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Design (Studio) Lab
The dedicated architectural engineering studio has 28 drafting tables and four work tables for model construction. This studio space is utilized for the two design courses, namely Art 3203 (Architectural Design I) and ArchE 3804 (Architectural Design II) taught in the spring and fall respectively.
Computer-Aided Design (CAD Studio) Lab
A second studio was added during the 2008-2009 academic year to provide students the opportunity to learn and study architectural and engineering design and drafting through different computer applications. This studio houses two large printers (one color and one black and white) along with 44 computers. The software includes Autodesk-based programs such as AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Structures and MEP, Ecotech as well as other software providers including eQUEST, Sketch Up Pro and Visual Lighting Software.
The Missouri S&T Solar House Design Team has designed and completed six solar-powered homes for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competitions of 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2015. The houses have been retained by the university and placed permanently on campus at two different locations. The first solar village is located at the corner of West 10th Street and Poole Avenue across from the Gale-Bullman Multipurpose Building. Since their placement, the solar homes serve as campus housing for Missouri S&T students, solar research facilities and an educational center for K-12, university students and the general public.
Using these homes for campus housing gives the students a unique opportunity to experience the benefits of alternative energy living. There is a considerable difference between discussing and researching alternative energy and then actually living in a solar-energy powered home. Both current and previous students have valued this opportunity and enjoyed learning more about “solar” living.
In addition to student housing, cutting-edge research continues in the area of energy performance, intelligible response systems and environmental protection. This is all in an effort to provide smart living!