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Drury University: Design-Build

About the Design-Build Program


The Hammons School of Architecture is a 5‐year Master of Architecture program set in the Liberal Arts of Drury University. The core curriculum is focused on engaged learning and encourages learning through community service. The School of Architecture has a Design-Build Program that takes a Whole-School approach and welcomes students from all majors to participate from conceptual design to construction.

Professor Traci Sooter has led the Design-Build efforts for Drury University since the fall of 2000. Professor Nancy Chikaraishi along with many professors from a variety of disciplines have joined the design-build team and enriched the projects. To date seventeen projects for charities or communities in need have been completed 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.

Most recent Design-Build projects are the Volunteer Tribute, Butterfly Garden & Overlook and our US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition home, ShelteR³: Respond, Recover, Resist

In an effort to rebuild Joplin, MO after the devastating EF5 tornado in 2011, Drury Design-Build created the Volunteer Tribute in Cunningham Park as part of the “Seven Houses in Seven Days” episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The team consisted of five Professors along with 35, third year architecture students, over 370 Drury volunteers from across campus and the first Drury SmartMob! of 120 students, staff and faculty.

The 26,000 sq.ft. Butterfly Garden & Overlook, an Open Space, Sacred Place healing garden, conceptually pencils in at full scale three homes erased by the storm. The space includes a large, 38 segment water wall representing the minutes the storm was on the ground. At minute seven, when the storm hit the hospital and the park, a void appears. This void becomes a broken water feature in a sacred space along the path and a healed water feature in a second sacred space, both inscribed with quotes from survivors. Many other symbolic features help survivors move forward, but
not forget.

After witnessing the devastation in Joplin, the Crowder-Drury Solar Decathlon team chose to design a home that would resist the wind loads and impact of projectiles during a tornadic event. ShelteR³ is designed to ship out post disaster as a response command center or relief housing, expand intopermanent housing as the community recovers and resist the next storm.