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Project Lead the Way: Civil Engineering and Architecture, 1st Edition

  • Donna Matteson
  • Deborah Kennedy
  • Stuart Baur
  • Eva Kultermann
  • ISBN-10: 1435441648
  • ISBN-13: 9781435441644
  • 736 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

Based on the innovative Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum, this dynamic new text is designed to prepare students for college and career success in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Whether students are interested in becoming engineering or architecture professionals, or simply want to understand the structural systems and building styles in their communities, this text will help them develop the technological literacy to appreciate, describe, and make informed decisions about our built environment. As an integrated part of your PLTW program or a standalone classroom resource, CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE is an ideal choice to support your students' STEM success. This book provides a richly illustrated history of architectural styles and the engineering achievements that produced them, as well as detailed coverage of the principles and concepts that current professionals use to shape today's built environment. From site discovery through landscaping, the text provides a wealth of step-by-step examples and exercises, plentiful case studies and career profiles, and engaging articles and activities to help students build their knowledge while developing essential problem-solving skills.


  • This text is based on the Project Lead the Way curriculum and is designed to complement existing course materials with simple, effective integration of civil engineering and architecture topics using a single, comprehensive text.

  • Abundant, engaging examples and step-by-step procedures illustrate and explain key concepts in an exciting way that students can readily understand and appreciate, even while maintaining high standards of technical detail and academic rigor.

  • Integrated throughout the text, realistic case studies, interesting articles and excerpts, and profiles of professional careers help students appreciate the real-world roles of civil engineering and architecture in today's communities.

  • Plentiful activities, problems, and projects throughout the text support the PLTW approach to learning by providing hands-on, step-by-step opportunities for students to reinforce and extend their learning while applying their skills in challenging, practical ways.

  • A supplementary student workbook contains exercises and additional material to build on the text content and help students develop specific skill sets they will need to succeed in college programs or careers in civil engineering or architecture.

About the Author

Donna Matteson

Donna M. Matteson is an associate professor in the Department of Education at the State University of New York at Oswego, where she also earned her bachelor degree and a master's degree in Technology Education. Professor Matteson has taught for 25 years and has eight years of experience in business and industry. Her area of expertise is architecture and computer aided design, and she has AutoCAD certification through Autodesk Inc. She is also a Master Teacher for Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and has provided graduate-level summer institutes at eight different universities. Professor Matteson has been affiliated with PLTW for more than a decade and has assisted with strategic planning, curriculum writing, and exam development. She served as a lead writer and reviewer of the original PLTW civil engineering and architecture curriculum and is a consultant and contributor for the latest edition. Professor Matteson was also project director for the current Introduction to Engineering Design curriculum, contributed the chapter on reverse engineering for Delmar's ENGINEERING DESIGN: AN INTRODUCTION, and has published research in professional journals and proceedings. As a leader in New York's Industrial Art to Technology Education transition, she is well known in her profession and has presented at national and international conferences. She currently serves as a scorer and reviewer of the New York State Teacher Certification Content Specialty Exam. Her awards include the USA Today All Teacher Team for two consecutive years, IBM Technology and Learning Teacher of the Year for New York and the northeast U.S., and New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. Professor Matteson has been a member of the New York State Technology Education Association for more than 10 years, has served on the Board of Directors for Technology Alliance of Central New York, and is a co-trustee of the Epsilon Pi Tau International Honor Society.

Deborah Kennedy

Deborah Kennedy is a professional engineer. She earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University, an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire, and an M.A. in teaching secondary mathematics from The Citadel. Ms. Kennedy has practiced structural engineering with many consulting engineering firms, including Bechtel, E. C. Jordan & Co., Rust International Inc., and Lockwood Greene. Ms. Kennedy also has ten years of experience teaching high school mathematics and PLTW pre-engineering courses, including civil engineering and architecture. Since 2009, Ms. Kennedy has been a curriculum writer for PLTW.

Stuart Baur

Stuart Baur is a registered architect, a doctor of civil engineering, an assistant professor of architecture at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a PLTW affiliate. Dr. Baur has practiced with the architectural firms Arquitectonica, The Nichols Partnership, and Bermello Ajamil and Partners in South Florida. His notable projects include the American Embassy in Lima, Peru; the Banque of Luxembourg; the Sawgrass Mills megamall; and the American Airlines Concourse A expansion at the Miami International Airport. A joint project between the University of Miami and Habitat for Humanity during the 1992 Hurricane Andrew aftermath piqued his interest in stability and sustainable buildings and inspired him to complete master's and doctoral degrees in civil engineering at the University of Miami and the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He also holds architecture degrees from the Ohio State University and the University of Miami. Dr. Baur has been involved with the Missouri University of Science and Technology's solar house project since 2002 and has served as faculty advisor for several teams. He also helped develop a solar village that serves as a student housing and research facility to educate the public about renewable energy technology and environmentally friendly landscaping. Dr. Baur is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and a founding member of the council's Heartland Chapter (Mid-Missouri). He is also a 2002 Missouri Chamber of Commerce Leadership Missouri Graduate.

Eva Kultermann

Eva Kultermann is Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology where she teaches courses in Materials, Architectural Design, Design Build, architectural Technology, Vertical Framing, and Energy Conscious/Sustainable Design. In 2011 she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Architecture. Formerly, she taught at the University of Arkansas and won the school's Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. She also worked as a professional builder, trim carpenter, foreperson, and project manager. Ms. Kultermann holds a Carpentry Diploma from Northwest Arkansas Vocational Technical School, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas, and an M.S. in Energy Efficient Architecture from Oxford Brooks University in England.

Table of Contents

1. Definitions and History of Civil Engineering and Architecture.
2. Careers.
3. Research, Documentation, and Communication.
4. Architectural Design.
5. Site Discovery for Viability Analysis.
6. Site Planning.
7. Site Design.
8. Energy Conservation and Design.
9. Residential Space Planning.
10. Commercial Space Planning.
11. Dimensioning and Specifications.
12. Building Materials and Components.
13. Framing Systems: Residential and Commercial Applications.
14. Structural Systems: What Makes a Building Stand?
15. Planning Electric Codes.
16. Planning for Plumbing.
17. Indoor Environmental Quality and Security.
18. Landscaping.
19. Visual Communication of Design Intent.
20. Formal Communication and Analysis.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

eResource  (ISBN-10: 1435441664 | ISBN-13: 9781435441668)

The Instructors Resources serve as an instructional resource and provides teaching outlines including classroom strategies, best practices, and answers in the text. The IR will also include PowerPoint presentations, customizable computerized test banks, and a searchable image library.

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1435441656 | ISBN-13: 9781435441651)

The student workbook is designed to help students reinforce key chapter concepts and practice the specific skills they need to complete PLTW's hand-on projects. Included within this resource are Skills Lists, Background Information, Tips, Exercises, and Problem Sets.

Student Supplements

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1435441656 | ISBN-13: 9781435441651)

The student workbook is designed to help students reinforce key chapter concepts and practice the specific skills they need to complete PLTW's hand-on projects. Included within this resource are Skills Lists, Background Information, Tips, Exercises, and Problem Sets.

Drafting/CAD CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 113394535X | ISBN-13: 9781133945352)

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