Drury students have access to design-build experiences that unite students and faculty from across disciplines on tasks ranging from conceptual design to actual construction. This ‘whole-school’ approach is unique and derives from the HSA’s interdisciplinary liberal-arts-based context.

Design-build activities are opportunities to learn about design and construction in ways that are hands-on and applied to actual communities in need. This experience can be pivotal in students’ development of career goals and personal passions.

Led by Professor Traci Sooter, Drury’s Design-Build Center has produced seventeen projects for charities or communities including the first LEED Platinum home for Habitat for Humanity International, four projects for the ABC television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and a competition home in the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. Several of these projects were directly inspired by rebuilding and recovery needs of Joplin, Missouri, following that city’s devastating EF5 tornado in 2011.