Construction Management

The accredited Construction Management program at RWU prepares future leaders of residential, commercial and highway building. Through classes, labs and hands-on projects in engineering, business, math, science, law and liberal arts, you’ll learn how to manage construction projects from start to finish -- including scheduling, budgeting, choosing materials and safely supervising people. That’s why construction employers regularly report that our graduates exceed expectations for performance.

This major is coordinated by the Construction Management program.

Construction managers are the leaders of the design-build process, and work for owners, builders, designers, subcontractors and a multitude of government and technical agencies. They control the “means and methods” of construction, develop the budgets and manage the project schedules. On-time, on-budget completion is a typical CM responsibility which has become increasingly difficult given today’s technically and organizationally complex projects. Owners, designers and construction managers must all work collaboratively to create integrated best value solutions that meet a client’s needs.

To work as a construction manager, graduates need technical, managerial, research and problem solving skills. Our program provides this education with a balanced curriculum which includes engineering, construction, business, mathematics, science and liberal arts courses. Employer surveys regularly report our graduates meeting or exceeding all performance expectations and regularly outperforming graduates from many of our peer institutions.

Graduates find employment with companies in all project sectors: residential, commercial building and heavy highway.

The Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE).

Degree Requirements

The Construction Management Major

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The major in construction management leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and normally consists of 130 credits, including satisfaction of all University Core Curriculum requirements. The approved outline is as follows:

First Year (16 credits) – Fall

CNST100Introduction to Construction Management3
CNST116Computer Applications for Construction3
CORE102Challenges of Democracy3
WTNG102Expository Writing3

First Year (16 credits) – Spring

CNST130Plans, Specifications and Building Codes3
CNST200Construction Methods and Materials & Lab4
CORE103Human Behavior in Perspective3
MATH207Applied Calculus3
WTNG220Critical Writing for the Professions3

Second Year (17 credits) – Fall

ACCTG201Accounting I: Financial3
CNST201Advanced Construction Methods and Materials & Lab4
COMM210Introduction to Public Speaking3
CORE104Literature, Philosophy, and the Examined Life3
PHYS109Physics I algebra based and Lab4

Second Year (16 credits) – Spring

CNST250Construction Equipment3
CNST260Construction Estimating and Scheduling3
CORE105Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse3
ECON111Principles of Microeconomics3
Science elective and lab (BIO 103, BIO 104, CHEM 191, or NATTC 103) 

Third Year (16 credits) – Fall

CNST302Surveying and Lab4
CNST321Advanced Building Estimating3
ENGR210Engineering Statics3
MGMT200Management Principles3
Core Concentration #13

Third Year (18 credits) – Spring

CNST304Applied Structures3
CNST450Construction Planning and Scheduling3
CORE Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar3
MATH124Basic Statistics3
MRKT200Marketing Principles3
Core Concentration #23

Fourth Year (16 credits) – Fall

CNST445Construction Project Management and Safety & Lab4
CNST475Construction Project Control3
LS220Fundamentals of Contract Law3
BUSN305Legal Environment of Business I3
Core Concentration #33
Core Concentration #43

Fourth Year (15 credits) – Spring

CNST455Mechanical/Electrical Design3
CNST480Capstone Project, Ethics and New Technology3
CM Elective3
Business Elective3
Core Concentration #53

Total: 130 Semester Credits

The business elective must be selected from one of the following courses: ACCTG 304, ENGR 335, FNCE 301, MGMT 336, and MRKT 335.

The Construction Management Minor

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The Construction Management minor is a six-course program particularly appropriate for students whose major is architecture or business. The courses in the minor are designed to provide students with the skills and basic knowledge required to move into an entry-level professional construction industry position. Estimating, scheduling, and project management are some of the courses that make up the minor.

Required Four Courses:

CNST130Plans, Specifications and Building Codes
ARCH287Introduction to Computer Applications in Design
CNST200Construction Methods and Materials & Lab
ARCH231Construction Methods and Assemblies I
CNST260Construction Estimating and Scheduling
Select three:
CNST250Construction Equipment
CNST302Surveying & Lab
CNST321Advanced Building Estimating
CNST450Construction Planning and Scheduling
CNST445Construction Project Management and Safety
CNST445Mechanical and Electrical Design for Buildings

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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Staying Connected

Bill Tracey, RWU Class of 2000
Construction Management

With an alumni base that’s constantly growing throughout the state, country and around the world, it’s easy to get and stay connected. Bill Tracey, a Construction Management alumnus and President of Trac Builders in Providence, knows the importance of these connections.

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  • Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Suffolk Construction
  • Gilbane Building Co.
  • Consigli Construction
  • Turner Construction Co.
  • Arden Engineering
  • Skanska USA
  • Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
  • Kiewit Construction Co.
  • Structure Tone, Inc.
  • Whiting Turner Contracting Co.
  • Dimeo Construction
  • New England Construction Co.
  • Weeks Marine
  • KBE Building Corp.
  • Bond Brothers

Construction Management Student Activities

Senior Capstone Project

Industry Sponsored and juried “Real World” project with submittal to include:

  • Site logistics plan
  • Estimate
  • Schedule
  • Oral and written submission
Associated Schools of Construction Student Competitions

RWU is a frequent winner in all three competition categories:

  • Design Build
  • Commercial Building
  • Heavy Highway
Construction Management Club

Students are active in a number of student organizations and activities:

  • Sigma Lambda Chi - CM Honor Society
  • US Green Building Council Student Group
  • Fundraising and community outreach work
  • Field trips
  • Internship and Externship activities
  • Sustainability studies with architecture and engineering students
  • LEED workshops