Construction Management

The accredited Construction Management program at RWU prepares future leaders of residential, commercial and heavy-civil projects. 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, industrial, infrastructure and heavy-civil construction.

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

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Degree Requirements

Construction management represents an industry that organizes or brings together numerous independent businesses and trades to create the build environment. 

Our program provides education in technical aspects, such as graphics, equipment, materials, planning and estimating techniques; extensive computer applications exposure; and, the fundamentals of business management.

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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.

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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.
  • Whiting Turner Contracting Co.
  • Dimeo Construction
  • Bond Brothers
  • Tishman/AECOM 
  • Site Specific
  • Bentley Builders
  • Cardinal Group
  • Griffin Electric

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 four competition categories:

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

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

  • Sigma Lambda Chi - CM Honor Society
  • Women in Construction (WIC)
  • Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America Student Chapter 
  • 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