Construction and Engineering Economic Analysis (ENGR 362), Deb Besser
PLACE’s Via development in St. Louis Park, MN will be a “mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented community demonstrating profound environmental design.” The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure has developed Envision criteria to assess the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. The Envision rating system consists of “60 sustainability criteria that address the full range of environmental, social, and economic impacts to sustainability in project design, construction, and operation.” Students in Construction and Engineering Economic Analysis will conduct an assessment of the Via development using the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision criteria, analyzing and communicating how the Via development achieves various criteria. This rating will provide a powerful framework to communicate about the innovative design of the Via development. Students will also provide recommendations regarding actions to increase sustainability in this and future developments.
Law and Economics (ECON 321), Monica Hartmann
In collaboration with PLACE, students will select research topics to explore issues of funding and policy for affordable living relevant to the Via development and PLACE's future development goals.
Managerial Decision Making (ECON 401), Monica Hartmann
Systems Analysis and Design II (CISC 321), Tim Meyer
Environmental Problem Solving (ESCI 310), Chip Small
Economics of the Public Sector (ECON 337), Matthew Kim
Students will analyze variables included in traditional affordable housing models in comparison with systems-based affordable living models to provide the building blocks for further economic analysis and public policy questions for courses to explore in collaboration with PLACE.