Construction Management is the art of orchestrating and focusing all the needed forces toward an efficient process and the successful completion of a project. The Construction Manager's raw materials are often a vacant piece of land, a set of construction drawings that may be 500 pages, and a project manual the size of three Manhattan phone books. The Construction Manager is charged with the task of assembling a virtual factory for construction; contending with numerous local, state, and federal regulations; and coordinating skilled and unskilled craftspeople, unions, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, planners, consultants, and the owner/developer.
The day-to-day challenges of construction management make for some of the most demanding assignments in the world, whether a manager is overseeing the construction of a towering skyscraper or a low-rise condo. Construction management is a collaborative effort. The key relationships among leaders can be represented by a triangle, with the owner at one point, the architect/engineer at another and the construction manager at the third. Given the growing complexity of design and construction, whether urban, suburban, or rural, there are no major projects that are built without this crucial team in place.
Pratt's School of Architecture has the distinction of being one of the first, and one of the few, schools in the nation to offer this degree program. The faculty consists of leading professionals, including the project manager and the director of safety and site safety management of the World Financial Center; former assistant commissioner and director of design for NYC public works; chief, Division of Material Assurance, Safety and Landfill Remediation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection; a member of the Industry Advisory Committee, NYC Department of Buildings; the vice president and project executive for a leading construction management firm managing major national and international multimillion-dollar projects; and a principal of the largest specifications consulting firm in the Northeast.
Students can apply for matriculation (acceptance into the degree granting program) upon admission, or they can be admitted with special, non-matriculating status. Options include the Bachelor of Professional Studies, the Bachelor of Science, or the Associate in Applied Science. The three programs are described on the following page with links to their curricula: Program Structure.
Construction Management major specific courses are offered in the evenings at the Pratt Manhattan Center. We are very fortunate to have professors who are leaders in the construction industry teaching our courses. In addition to informal student mentoring, this has led to industry partnerships for the program and to many internship and employment opportunities for the students.
All your non- construction management classes may be taken at either the Brooklyn Campus or the Pratt Manhattan Center.
Informal Open House
Prospective students of the Pratt Institute Construction Management Program are always welcome to drop by on the first Tuesday of each month from 5–7:30 PM during the Fall and Spring semesters and meet the Chair. RSVP preferred, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Fall 2013 dates: October 1, November 5, and December 3. Spring 2014 Dates: February 4, March 4, and April 1.