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 Facilities Management Program is located in Pratt's Manhattan Center, in great proximity to some of the world's best known facilities. The evening program is taught by practitioners with extensive industry experience in fields related to Facilities, Property and Real Estate Management. Case studies, site visits and internship opportunities expose students to a wide range of practical challenges in New York City. The evening program, with its convenient location on 14th Street, is ideal for people with busy full-time jobs.
The Facilities Management program is part of Pratt Institute's Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development and allows students to choose electives from a wide variety of related fields. Course Modules in International Facilities Management giving students the opportunity to cooperate with international peers in New York City or travel abroad for intensive studies. The program is accredited by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and provides students with the leadership and management skills needed to successfully manage the property portfolio of a large organization.
Additionally, the program has a partnership with TCI College of Technology to allow students to continue their education at Pratt.