The Housing Education and Research Center (HERC) is a part of the Construction Management program in the School of Planning, Design and Construction. The center was established in 1995 and became a member of the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers in January 1996.
The Housing Education and research Center at Michigan State University is to serve the Michigan Housing Industry by promoting and conducting housing research and technology transfer activities and to maintain the status as the recognized resource for housing education and research in Michigan and the surrounding region.
Recent / Current activities:
- Recipient of Housing Education Leadership program (HELP) grant from the national Association of Homebuilders – National Housing Endowment. As part of this program, Dr. Sinem Korkmaz and Dr. matt Syal are working with faculty and Michigan Homebuilding industry to revive and strengthen the housing focus in the curriculum.
- Focus on “Impact of Sustainable Built Environment on CM Practices,” 2006 – present: the overall purpose is to understand various sustainable built environment technologies/requirements and to investigate their impact on the project management practices of general contractors, homebuilders, developers, construction managers and subcontractors.Research Partners:
- ELECTRI International – Research Foundation of the National Electrical Contractors Association,
- AGC of America – Research and Education Foundation,
- MI Dept. of Transportation,
- Fulbright Commission, U.S. Dept. of State,
- CASID-MSU, U.S. Dept. of Education,
- Kellogg Biological Station-MSU, Kellogg Foundation.
- Graduate teaching and research focus on housing and building Science (in collaboration with building scientists at DOW).
- Advisory role and participation with the Building Technology division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2010-12.
- Strong student chapter of the National Association of Homebuilders including first place team in the 2012-13 Residential Design and Construction Competition sponsored by the National Association of Homebuilders.