The UWF Building Construction Program’s Community Outreach, Research and Education (C.O.R.E.) Initiative provides a much-needed, educational resource for the University of West Florida and greater Pensacola community. Course work will geared toward green construction techniques, cost engineering, soils analysis and applied learning experiences. The initiative is expected to provide a foundation for faculty and student research, a construction education resource to the community and enhanced, high–impact student learning outcomes for our students. The facility will also be made available for local industry groups and for continuing education.
The C.O.R.E. initiative will provide research facilities for sustainable construction techniques, building economics and engineering. The renovation will highlight the performance of energy efficient technologies, such as wall forms, roofing systems, windows, water heaters, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, sealed attic spaces and controls systems. Many of these systems will be sub–metered, providing a rich source of data for student and faculty research. The construction yard and soils lab will facilitate high–impact and experiential learning activities. Students will have an area to test materials and designs, and build larger projects. The facilities will be made available for regular tours, community events, continuing education coursework and workshops.
The C.O.R.E. Initiative will highlight several energy–efficient technologies. Exhibits are planned for insulation systems, weather stripping and sealing, duct installation efficiency, potable water conservation, lighting, water heating, HVAC systems, windows and daylighting, controls, thermal blinds, household appliances, solar panels and a wireless electric car charging station.