The construction management minor broadens the learning experiences and professional opportunities of students who have an interest in building construction, bid development, management of construction projects after a successful bid, and the business, management, and technical aspects related to construction.
Elements and details of building construction, both residential and commercial, are explored. The course does not focus on design, but rather on specific building components, and on how these components work together to create a functional building. Some of the topics include foundations, wood light frame, heavy timber frame, steel, concrete, masonry, glass, roofing, cladding systems, and interior finishes. The role of building codes in design and construction is introduced. Sustainable building materials and systems are also introduced. (This course is restricted to CVET-BS or CONMGT-MN students.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
Construction Cost Estimating I
An introduction to direct cost estimating for construction projects. The estimating techniques covered include quantity take-off, labor productivity, and pricing (labor, material, and equipment). Drawings, sketches, and specifications are used as a basis for developing quantities involving site work, concrete, masonry, steel, carpentry, and finishes. Students also use software tools to aid in developing takeoff quantities. Different estimate structures and various types of estimates are examined. Direct and indirect construction costs are explored along with approaches for estimating overhead costs and profit. (Prerequisites: CVET-170 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 4 (Fall).
Construction Project Management
An introduction to construction management. Project administrative roles and relationships among the various project team participants are explored. Topics include specifics of construction project start-up including procurement, project buyout, and job site layout and control. Subcontracts and relationship with subcontractors are explored. Construction related documentation including contract documents, submittals, information requests, change orders, progress payments, bonds, insurances, and project closeout is discussed. Safety, quality, and project closeout are also covered. (Prerequisites: CVET-170 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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Building Information Modeling with Revit
The primary objective of the Revit course is to teach students the concepts of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and introduce the tools for parametric building design and documentation using Revit Architecture. Students will be able to create full 3D architectural project models and generate working drawings. The course focuses on design development tools - building the 3D model with foundation, walls, windows, doors, floors, roofs, stairs, creating reflected ceiling plans and furniture plans. Students will add views and annotation to the sheets to create a set of construction documents. (Prerequisites: CVET-150 or equivalent course.) Lec/Lab 3 (Spring).
Construction Planning, Scheduling and Control
This course covers planning, organization, scheduling, and control of construction projects. The components of construction project planning are examined. Students are exposed to and gain practice in using the Critical Path Method (CPM) in scheduling, Monte Carlo risk analysis and monitoring the progress of construction projects. Cost control and resource allocation/resource management are explored. (Prerequisites: CVET-170 or equivalent course and 4th year standing.) Lec/Lab 4 .
Contracts and Specifications
This course includes a fundamental overview of contract law, followed by the application of this material in the contracts for construction. Subsequently, the student is exposed to construction specifications. Substantial use is made of actual documents such as those of the New York State Department of Transportation, The Construction Specification Institute, Engineers Joint Contract Committee (EJCDC), American Institute of Architects (AIA), Associated General Contractors (AGC) and trade standards such as ANSI, ASTM, and others. Students are required to develop and assemble a mock-up set of contract documents and develop agreements/contracts. Arbitration, design-build, and partnering are discussed. (Prerequisites: CVET-170 or equivalent course. This course is restricted to CVET-BS or CONMGT-MN students.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
Sustainable Building Design & Construction
Course material will focus on the design, engineering, and construction of sustainable buildings and how the construction manager guides the project team to meet the owner's objectives of a sustainable facility. Students will explore the primary differences and similarities between the different green building rating systems, including the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. (Prerequisites: CVET-170 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
This course is designed to cover construction health and safety hazards and will study OSHA regulations in depth. Students get to handle and investigate construction safety issues, the OSHA standards addressing trench excavation, scaffolding, temporary electric circuits, fall protection, HAZCOM, underground construction are studied. Lecture 3 (Spring).