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Building Leaders to Engineer the Future


The Durham School's motto is 3:2:1--three programs, two campuses, one school. We offer a comprehensive built environment education in architectural engineering, construction engineering, and construction management, both in Omaha and Lincoln, under one academic unit. Our programs inspire students to pursue engineering and management with a desire not just for technical competency, but also for a comprehensive education, an approach we term the engineer and constructor of the future. This professional focuses on innovation, possesses an entrepreneurial spirit, enjoys global and social awareness, and is a leader in the community.

Innovation and entrepreneurship requires a nurturing academic environment where students are exposed to knowledge from other domains, collect diverse experiences and perspectives, and develop an open mind. Global awareness requires experiential learning beyond the confines of the traditional classroom environment such as the participation in international conferences, international internships, and study-abroad programs. Social awareness requires an understanding of the grand challenges of society including the need for sustainable development. Leadership development becomes possible by providing students with opportunities for mentoring, outreach to high schools, organization of events and activities, and participation in regional, national, and international student competitions. The Durham School is committed to providing these types of student experiences, which are possible thanks to our close relationship with the design and construction industry and the financial support of our endowment.

In describing The Durham School's merits, the words of Walter Scott, Jr., former CEO of Kiewit Corporation and Chairman of Level 3 Communications, may provide the best summary: The Charles W. Durham School is one of a kind, it is unique and there is no other school like it. It does a substantially better job of giving young people a well-rounded education in all aspects of construction and design. It also perfectly exemplifies Chuck Durham's pioneering spirit, exhibited by his life and professional accomplishments.

We are excited about the future and invite you to join The Durham School in pursuing leadership through education in architectural engineering, construction engineering, or construction management. It is up to you now: do you want to become an engineer and constructor of the future?

Durham School Programs

Architectural Engineering

As an Architectural Engineer you design and integrate engineering building system including structural, electrical, lighting, communications, heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, and fire protection among others. By effectively coordinating these systems, you design safe, energy efficient, comfortable, and sustainable buildings.

Construction Engineering

As a Construction Engineer you plan, design, and manage the construction process of infrastructure systems including highways, bridges, ports, tunnels, dams, power plants, rails, and underground utilities among others. By effectively executing these tasks while partnering with nature, you build the infrastructure that sustains our modern world.

Construction Management

As a Construction Manager you blend construction knowledge with business principles to plan and execute projects designed by architects and engineers. By effectively managing projects you coordinate the activities of multiple parties, optimize the use of resources, work with a diverse workforce, and ensure that projects are completed safely, on time, and within budget.
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