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.

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).

The Construction Management Major

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Construction management represents an industry that organizes or brings together numerous independent businesses and trades to create and build. The constructor works closely with owners, engineers, architects and sub-contractors throughout the construction process to assure timely completion of a project. 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 techniques. Upon completion of the plan of study, all students will have also earned a Minor in Business.
Construction careers are broadly diversified. Graduates of this program find employment in many parts of the construction industry, including residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, as well as infrastructure and heavy construction. Typical careers include supervising construction projects, estimating and cost control, scheduling, and project management.
Roger Williams University is a member of the Associated Schools of Construction, an organization devoted to the development and enhancement of construction education. The Construction Management Program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). Specific program educational objectives and outcomes include:

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation, we expect our graduates to:
  1. Demonstrate exemplary technical knowledge and skills while achieving success as a practicing constructor and leader and always displaying the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  2. Value the concept of life-long learning and continue to grow intellectually while keeping informed of new concepts and developments in the construction process.
  3. 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.

Program Outcomes

We expect our graduating students to possess:

  1. Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
  2. Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.
  3. Create a construction project safety plan.
  4. Create construction project cost estimates.
  5. Create construction project schedules.
  6. Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles.
  7. Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
  8. Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.
  9. Apply construction management skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  10. Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process.
  11. Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
  12. Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.
  13. Understand construction risk management.
  14. Understand construction accounting and cost control.
  15. Understand construction quality assurance and control.
  16. Understand construction project control processes.
  17. Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project.
  18. Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.
  19. Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
  20. Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and piping systems.

Degree Requirements

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 Management(3 credits)
CNST116Computer Application for Construction(3 credits)
CORE102Challenges of Democracy(3 credits)
MATH136Pre-Calculus(4 credits)
WTNG102Expository Writing(3 credits)

First Year (16 credits) - Spring

CNST130Plans, Specifications and Building Codes(3 credits)
CNST200Construction Methods and Materials & Lab(4 credits)
CORE103Human Behavior in Perspective(3 credits)
MATH207Applied Calculus(3 credits)
WTNG220Critical Writing for the Professions(3 credits)

Second Year (17 credits) - Fall

ACCTG201Accounting I: Financial(3 credits)
CHEM191Chemistry I & Lab(4 credits)
CNST201Advanced Construction Methods and Materials & Lab(4 credits)
COMM210Introduction to Public Speaking(3 credits)
CORE104Literature, Philosophy and the Examinied Life(3 credits)

Second Year (16 credits) - Spring

CNST250Construction Equipment(3 credits)
CNST260Construction Estimating and Scheduling(3 credits)
CORE105Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse(3 credits)
ECON111Principles of Microeconomics(3 credits)
PHYS109Physics I Algebra based and Lab(4 credits)

Third Year (16 credits) - Fall

CNST302Surveying and Lab(4 credits)
CNST321Advanced Building Estimating(3 credits)
ENGR210Engineering Statics(3 credits)
MGMT200Management Principles(3 credits)
  Core Concentration #1(3 credits)

Third Year (18 credits) - Spring

CNST304Applied Structures(3 credits)
CNST450Construction Planning and Scheduling(3 credits)
CORE Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar(3 credits)
MATH124Basic Statistics(3 credits)
MRKT200Marketing Principles(3 credits)
  Core Concentration #2(3 credits)

Fourth Year (16 credits) - Fall

CNST445Construction Project Management and Safety & Lab(4 credits)
CNST475Construction Project Control(3 credits)
LS220Fundamentals of Law Contracts(3 credits)
BUSN305Legal Environmental of Business I(3 credits)
  Core Concentration #3(3 credits)
  Core Concentration #4(3 credits)

Fourth Year (15 credits) - Spring

CNST455Mechanical/Electrical Design(3 credits)
CNST480Capstone Project, Ethics and New Technology(3 credits)
  Construction Management Elective 
  Business Elective(3 credits)
  Core Concentration #5(3 credits)

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 Three 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 
CNST455Mechanical and Electrical Design for Buildings 

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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