As future managers within the construction industry, employees need to understand fundamental theories that provide a basis for practices within the industry.  This course covers the fundamentals of construction management theory and applies them to multiple divisions of work, emphasizing a practical application for built environment professionals. 

Learners will develop a detailed understanding of fundamentals that form the basis of a career in construction management, including: planning, estimating, and scheduling as they relate to quantity take-off, cost management, scheduling and resource management in support of real construction projects.

This course uses lectures, videos, instructor one-on-one and site visits to give professionals an applied perspective of the industry they have chosen to enter.  

Having successful completed this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Understand the phases of construction project management and appropriate methods; 
  2. Define project activities, including: production, procurement, administrative and milestones. Activities will range from pre-construction planning to project close-out. 
  3. Analyze drawing document details and define relevant items for construction project management. 
  4. Apply estimating skills based on quality, quantity and cost of materials for a sample project or one of their choosing. 
  5. Apply scheduling activities and demonstrate logic (i.e. precedence of diagramming method or PDM) necessary for completion of the sample construction project. Apply cost-loading schedules. 
  6. Communicate project goals to a client/homeowner.


The course will consist of 1 hour sessions at the Home Building Association of Richmond as well as 3 hours of out-of-class assignments per week.  The following topics will be presented starting July 11th, 2022 and follow the below schedule:  

Week 1 - Planning vs. Scheduling and Activity Definition; 
Week 2 - Drawing Analysis and Intro to Quantity Take-offs; 
Week 3 - Detailed QTOs; 
Week 4 - Site Visit in the Richmond Area; 
Week 5 - Scheduling; 
Week 6 - Communication                                                                                            

The course will be taught by Andrew McCoy, PhD.  Dr. McCoy is the Preston and Catharine White Endowed Fellow and Associate Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction (MLSoC) and Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) at Virginia Tech. He is also Professor of Building Construction in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, a joint venture of the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

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Section Title
Fundamentals of Construction Project Management Summer 23
5:00PM to 6:00PM
Jul 10, 2023 to Aug 14, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Off Campus
Fees starting at $650.00
Section Notes

Virginia Tech Richmond Center
2810 North Parham Road, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23294

Directions: The VT Richmond Center is located on the 3rd floor of the Premier Tech office building in Suite 300. We recommend coming in the Mayland Drive side of the building. You will see large brick stairs with 2810 above the stairs. Once inside you are on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator to your right or stairs to your left to come up to the 3rd floor. If you find yourself needing assistance call 804-662-7288 and we will be happy to help. ADA compliant entrance is on the Parham Road side entrance. Come in the doors and the elevator is to your left and head up to the 3rd floor. Exit the elevator to your left following the long hallway all the way to the end and then following directional signage to Suite 300.

Parking: Parking is free!  You may park anywhere that is open outside of the parking garage. Do NOT parking in the parking garafe under the building.  Those parking spots are reserved and assigned to various suites within the building.

Program Schedule: 
July 10 - Planning vs. Scheduling and Activity Definition
July 17 - Drawing Analysis and Intro to Quantity Take-offs
July 24 - Detailed QTOs
July 31 - Site Visit in the Richmond Area or Scheduling
August 7 - Site Visit in the Richmond Area or Scheduling
August 14 - Communication

Refund and Cancellation Policy: Refund requests must be received 14 calendar days prior to the program start date. A $100 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Requests should be sent by email or by initiating a drop request through the student portal in our online registration system. As an alternative to a refund, you may send a substitute at no additional cost. Please contact us at 540-231-5182 or e-mail cpeinfo@vt.edu to request a substitution. Please note: refunds will not be issued for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after the program start date. 

In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

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