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.
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).
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Program Educational Objectives
- Demonstrate exemplary technical knowledge and skills while achieving success as a practicing constructor and leader and always displaying the highest standards of ethical conduct.
- Value the concept of life-long learning and continue to grow intellectually while keeping informed of new concepts and developments in the construction process.
- Advance the construction management profession by becoming actively involved in professional associations and societies, serving in professional and community volunteer positions, and acting as a role model for the future generation of constructors and the Roger Williams University Construction Management students.
We expect our graduating students to possess:
- Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
- Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.
- Create a construction project safety plan.
- Create construction project cost estimates.
- Create construction project schedules.
- Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles.
- Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
- Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
- Apply construction management skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
- Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process.
- Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
- Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
- Understand construction risk management.
- Understand construction accounting and cost control.
- Understand construction quality assurance and control.
- Understand construction project control processes.
- Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project.
- Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.
- Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
- Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and piping systems.
First Year (16 credits) - Fall
|CNST||100||Introduction to Construction Management||(3 credits)|
|CNST||116||Computer Application for Construction||(3 credits)|
|CORE||102||Challenges of Democracy||(3 credits)|
|WTNG||102||Expository Writing||(3 credits)|
First Year (16 credits) - Spring
|CNST||130||Plans, Specifications and Building Codes||(3 credits)|
|CNST||200||Construction Methods and Materials & Lab||(4 credits)|
|CORE||103||Human Behavior in Perspective||(3 credits)|
|MATH||207||Applied Calculus||(3 credits)|
|WTNG||220||Critical Writing for the Professions||(3 credits)|
Second Year (17 credits) - Fall
|ACCTG||201||Accounting I: Financial||(3 credits)|
|CHEM||191||Chemistry I & Lab||(4 credits)|
|CNST||201||Advanced Construction Methods and Materials & Lab||(4 credits)|
|COMM||210||Introduction to Public Speaking||(3 credits)|
|CORE||104||Literature, Philosophy and the Examinied Life||(3 credits)|
Second Year (16 credits) - Spring
|CNST||250||Construction Equipment||(3 credits)|
|CNST||260||Construction Estimating and Scheduling||(3 credits)|
|CORE||105||Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse||(3 credits)|
|ECON||111||Principles of Microeconomics||(3 credits)|
|PHYS||109||Physics I Algebra based and Lab||(4 credits)|
Third Year (16 credits) - Fall
|CNST||302||Surveying and Lab||(4 credits)|
|CNST||321||Advanced Building Estimating||(3 credits)|
|ENGR||210||Engineering Statics||(3 credits)|
|MGMT||200||Management Principles||(3 credits)|
|Core Concentration #1||(3 credits)|
Third Year (18 credits) - Spring
|CNST||304||Applied Structures||(3 credits)|
|CNST||450||Construction Planning and Scheduling||(3 credits)|
|CORE||Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar||(3 credits)|
|MATH||124||Basic Statistics||(3 credits)|
|MRKT||200||Marketing Principles||(3 credits)|
|Core Concentration #2||(3 credits)|
Fourth Year (16 credits) - Fall
|CNST||445||Construction Project Management and Safety & Lab||(4 credits)|
|CNST||475||Construction Project Control||(3 credits)|
|LS||220||Fundamentals of Law Contracts||(3 credits)|
|BUSN||305||Legal Environmental of Business I||(3 credits)|
|Core Concentration #3||(3 credits)|
|Core Concentration #4||(3 credits)|
Fourth Year (15 credits) - Spring
|CNST||455||Mechanical/Electrical Design||(3 credits)|
|CNST||480||Capstone Project, Ethics and New Technology||(3 credits)|
|Construction Management Elective|
|Business Elective||(3 credits)|
|Core Concentration #5||(3 credits)|
Total: 130 Semester Credits
The Construction Management MinorClick to Open
Required Three Courses:
|CNST||130||Plans, Specifications and Building Codes|
|ARCH||287||Introduction to Computer Applications in Design|
|CNST||200||Construction Methods and Materials & Lab|
|ARCH||231||Construction Methods and Assemblies I|
|CNST||260||Construction Estimating and Scheduling|
|CNST||302||Surveying & Lab|
|CNST||321||Advanced Building Estimating|
|CNST||450||Construction Planning and Scheduling|
|CNST||445||Construction Project Management and Safety|
|CNST||455||Mechanical and Electrical Design for Buildings|
Staying ConnectedBill 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.Read full story
- 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
- 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