Opposite: Bill Shriver in front of CIRPC’s original Mountcastle Street location. It is now housed in expanded quarters in Stokely Management Center.
CIRPC was established at the University of Tennessee Knoxville as a Center in Fall 2000. But its history goes back to the 1970’s. Dr. William Schriver was the driving force in its creation and evolution over the next 30 years.
In 1976 CIRPC was known as Construction Resources Analysis (CRA) and was housed within the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Construction Resources Analysis was an outgrowth of continuing efforts beginning with Secretary of Labor John Dunlop in 1975 to obtain more accurate information about the construction industry in order to enhance the operation of various government programs concerned with construction.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Standards Administration (DOL ESA), with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and TVA, funded development of a system of econometric models and databases that provide detailed information, both historical and current, about construction activity for each county in the nation. This system was the foundation of CRA that continued at TVA until 1981.
During the late 1970’s as the cost of nuclear power plant construction continued to increase and estimates of growth needs for electrical energy decreased, TVA decided to abandon 8 nuclear units, becoming a much smaller constructor, and was no longer interested in housing or funding CRA activities. However, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Corps of Engineers (USACE), who were also involved in supporting Construction Resources Analysis, saw a need for continuation of the underlying research function and associated funding.
As a result, in 1981, the Construction Resources Analysis TVA staff moved to the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration in Knoxville. At UTK, CRA continued to work for the Department of Labor, the Department of Energy and the Corps of Engineers, and also did work for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The TVA decision to leave the power plant construction business not only caused CRA's relocation to UT, but led to a gradual refocus of its mission from construction forecasting to primarily supporting two Department of Labor programs: the Employment Standards Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In 2000 the CRA activity was officially recognized by the University of Tennessee as a Research Center. Externally funded throughout its lifetime, CIRPC's current annual resources total approximately $2.5 million and are distributed among three functional units described within the links below:
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