Daniel Castro

352711
Chair and Professor, School of Building Construction
(404) 385-6964

Biosketch

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Daniel Castro-Lacouture is Professor and Chair in the School of Building Construction at Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research centers on defining and implementing performance evaluation protocols for technology innovation in the built environment, such as sustainable construction materials and alternative sources of energy. He received a BSc in Civil Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, an MSc in Construction Management from The University of Reading, UK, and a PhD in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University. He is a member of the International Green Builder Certification Board and the ACE Mentor Program of Atlanta Governing Board, a Registered Professional Engineer, Associate Editor of Automation in Construction, and was Chair of the 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress.  Castro-Lacouture has been co-recipient of the best paper award at two international conferences, and has worked in project management in the public and private sectors

Educational Background
2003 - Ph.D., Construction Engineering and Management, Purdue University
1999 - MSc., Construction Management, University of Reading
1994 - BSc., Civil Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes

Fields

  • Sustainability in engineering design and construction
  • Technology innovations in the built environment
Research: 

Research Ambitions
My overall area of interest consists of defining and deploying evaluation protocols for technology innovations in the built environment. I intend to continue addressing relevant problems in the construction industry, such as the uncertainty of adopting innovative technologies which are intended to improve energy efficiency and construction processes. My focus will be on innovative technologies for sustainable construction, which concentrates on the feasibility of state-of-art fuel cells or net-zero bioenergy alternatives for residential construction, as well uses for material selection and energy system retrofitting.  

Research Groups/Labs
Affiliated to the Digital Building Laboratory.

Recent Publications
Journal Articles

  • Ospina-Alvarado, A., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Roberts, J.S. (2016). “Unified Framework for Construction Project Integration,” ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001131, 04016019.
  • Yang, P. J., Quan, S.J., Castro-Lacouture, D., Rudolph, C., and Stuart, B. (2014). "Performance Metrics for Designing an Algae-powered Eco Urban District: A Geodesign Perspective," Energy Procedia, Elsevier, Vol. 61, p. 1487–1490.
  • Florez, L., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Medaglia, A.L. (2013). “Sustainable Workforce Scheduling in Construction Program Management,” Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 64 No. 8, p. 1169-1181.
  • Florez, L., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2013). “Optimization Model for Sustainable Materials Selection Using Objective and Subjective Factors,” Materials and Design, Vol.  46 No. 1, p. 310-321.
  • Florez, L., Castro-Lacouture, D., and Irizarry, J. (2013). “Measuring Sustainability Perceptions of Construction Materials,” Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Vol.13 No. 2, p. 217-234.
  • Florez, L., Irizarry, J., Castro-Lacouture, D., Abdollahipour, S., and Jeong, H. (2012) “Feasibility of Implementing a Computer-Assisted PCC Rehabilitation Decision Support System in Georgia and Oklahoma,” International Journal of Construction Education and Research, Vol. 8, p. 291-300.
  • Zhou, H. and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2011). “Key Performance Indicators for Infrastructure Sustainability –A Comparative Study between China and the United States,” Advanced Building Materials, Vols. 250-253 (2011), p. 2984-2992.

Books and Book Chapters 

  • Yates, J.K., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2016). Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, ISBN: 1498733913, 452 pages. 
  • Proceedings of the 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress: Construction in a Global Network, Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers,  Daniel Castro-Lacouture, Javier Irizarry, and Baabak Ashuri (Eds.), Atlanta, Georgia, May 19-21, 2014, 2405 pages.
  • Castro-Lacouture, D. (2014). “Resource Management and Closed-Loop Systems: Advancing Sustainable Performance Metrics,” in Measurement Science for Sustainable Construction and Manufacturing, Bilal M. Ayyub, Richard Wright, Gerald Galloway (Eds.), Reston, VA: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • Florez, L., and Castro-Lacouture, D. (2013). Materials Selection in Green Construction: Quantitative and Qualitative Considerations for Designers and Construction Managers, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, United States. ISBN 978-3-8454-4182-5.
  • Proceedings of the Fourth Pan American Conference on Construction Management and Economics (ELAGEC IV), Harrison Mesa and Daniel Castro-Lacouture (Eds.), Santiago, Chile, October 4-5, 2012

Recent Funded Projects

Title of Project: Sustainable Housing through Holistic Waste Stream Management and Algal Cultivation

    • Agency/Company: National Science Foundation (SEP Program)
    • Collaborators: Charles Rudolph, Perry Yang
    • Period of Contract: 9/1/2012 – 8/30/2016 

Title of Project: Zero Energy Housing Prototype

    • Agency/Company: Architecture for Humanity / San Francisco, CA
    • Collaborators: Michael Gamble, Godfried Augenbroe, Russell Gentry
    • Period of Contract: 08/05/13 – 01/31/2016

Title of Project: Solar Installation, Mounting, Production, Labor, and Equipment Balance of System (SIMPLE BoS)

    • Agency/Company: Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative via GTRI
    • Collaborators: Baabak Ashuri
    • Period of Contract: 01/01/13 – 12/31/2013

Title of Project: Evaluation of Data Requirements for Computerized Constructability Analysis of Pavement Rehabilitation Projects

    • Agency/Company: Georgia Department of Transportation
    • Collaborators: Javier Irizarry
    • Period of Contract: 5/1/2011 – 4/30/2013


Teaching: 

Recent Courses

  • Fall 2015                     CEE 4110                   Const. Plans and Estimates    
  • Spring, 2014                BC 8000                      Ph.D. Seminar                        
  • Fall, 2013                    BC 3600                      Construction Cost Mgmt       
  • Fall, 2013                    ARCH/BC 6731         Zero Energy Housing             
  • Fall, 2013                    CEE 4120                   Construction Operations
  • Spring, 2013                BC 8000                      Ph.D. Seminar                        
  • Spring, 2013                BC 8803                      Special Topics: Prod Solar Contr       
  • Spring, 2013                COA 8833                  Special Topics: Zero Energy Housing
  • Fall, 2012                    BC 3600                      Construction Cost Mgmt       
  • Spring, 2012                BC 4803                      Special Topics: Preconstr Workshop  
  • Spring, 2012                BC 8000                      Ph.D. Seminar                        
  • Spring, 2012                COA 8833                  Special Topics: Zero Energy Housing
  • Fall, 2011                    BC 3600                      Construction Cost Mgmt        26
  • Fall, 2011                    BC 4803                      Special Topics: Preconstr Workshop  
  • Fall, 2011                    BC 8813                      Special Topics: CII Best Practices     
  • Spring, 2011                BC 8000                      Ph.D. Seminar                        
  • Spring, 2011                COA 8833                  Special Topics: Zero Energy Housing

Dissertations Supervised

  • Silvia Tijo, “Constructability Perspective on Sustainable Housing through Holistic Waste Stream Management and Algal Cultivation,” Ph.D. student, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, supervised since Fall 2013.
  • Wayne Shannon, “Public Policy Perspective on Construction of Sustainable Housing through Holistic Waste Stream Management and Algal Cultivation,” Ph.D. student, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, supervised since Fall 2013.
  • Laura Florez, “Sustainable Workforce Scheduling in Construction Program Management,” Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Fall 2015.
  • Angelica Ospina-Alvarado, “Unified Framework for Construction Project Integration and its Association with Project Performance,” Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Spring 2011. Current position: Lecturer at Universidad de Los Andes and Chief Technical Officer at SETRI Sustentabilidad SAS (Colombia).
  • Chawin Ngoenchuklin, “Applicability of Prefabrication Technologies in the Thai Housing Market,” thesis option, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Summer 2014. Current position: Architect at Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart.
  • Maria Quinones, “Decision Support System for Building Construction Product Selection Using Life-Cycle Management (LCM),” M.S. Thesis, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Summer 2011. Current position: Project Lead, New Market Initiatives, Elevate Energy.
  • Geetanjali Ningappa, “Use of Lean and Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the Construction Process; Does BIM Make it Leaner?” M.S. Thesis, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology, graduated Spring 2011. Current position: Project Coordinator at Spaceworks Architecture.