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Construction and Building Sciences Department

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Department Chair: Pieter van der Have
Location: WSU Davis DSC, Room 310
Telephone Contact: Liz Hill 801-395-3427

Associate Professors: Kristen Arnold, Jeremy Farner; Assistant Professor: Thomas Hales; Instructors: Ashley Badali, Russell Butler, John Julander, Cameron Lewis, Shauna Morris, Pieter van der Have, Tim Willard

Construction Mgmt Jobs

Construction and Building Science is a field of knowledge that draws upon physics, chemistry, engineering, architecture, construction and the life sciences. Construction and Building Science attempts to work with models of buildings and structures as a system, applying empirical techniques to the effective solution of design and construction problems.  More specifically, contemporary construction and building science is a broad discipline that is concerned with the full life cycle of buildings and engineering projects, including: policy (codes and standards), planning, design, construction, commissioning, facilities management, restoration and retrofit, preservation and conservation, and demolition (deconstruction) and recycling.

The Construction and Building Sciences Department offer degrees in Building Design and Construction, Interior Design, Construction Management and Facilities Management.

Parson Construction Management

The Parson Construction Management program teaches the processes, procedures and management techniques necessary to function as a “Professional Constructor”. It is designed to prepare students for immediate professional level employment or further study by developing a cohesive, solid technical foundation bolstered by practical, hands-on experiences, at the same time providing the education necessary for lifelong learning in a changing world. The process of learning is emphasized, as well as accumulation of knowledge. The multi-disciplinary curriculum is composed of courses in the areas of construction science, construction practice, business, and management as well as general education. The program is accredited by the Weber State University Accreditation.

The Parson Construction Management curriculum is a “2+2” design facilitating articulation with programs in architecture, commercial building construction, design graphics, facilities, interior design, and other building design and construction-related degrees.

Facilities Management-Emphasis

The Construction Management Program-Facilities Management Emphasis prepares graduates to manage and maintain the physical facilities for companies. Facilities managers may be responsible for leading activities in all or parts of the following:  managing operations and maintenance of buildings, physical plant and utility distribution systems, grounds upkeep, road and parking lot maintenance, snow removal; recycling and waste management, energy conservation, sustainability; long rang facility planning, remodeling of existing facilities and planning, design and construction of new facilities and systems; code compliance.

Building Design & Construction

The Building Design & Construction (BDC) degree prepares graduates to enter careers in the design, construction, operation or maintenance of the built environment.  Graduates are prepared for careers in the building design, construction, testing, operation, and maintenance of building systems; they have the abilities to produce and utilize basic construction documents and to perform basic analysis and design of system components.  Baccalaureate degree graduates will have the technical and managerial skills necessary for careers in which they will analyze and design systems, specify project methods and materials, perform cost estimates and analyses, and manage technical activities in support of building projects. 

Interior Design

The four-year Interior Design degree provides student’s academic preparation for employment in the design-build industry. Students develop skills in professional practice and sales, Auto CAD, Revit Architecture, drafting, sketching, rendering, space planning, specification of materials, building codes, history and theory. Drafting and technical skills are essential to the program of study. Students graduating with the Interior Design Professional Sales degree meet guidelines for the practice of residential and commercial interior design, are academically prepared to sit for the CKD (Certified Kitchen Design) exam, gain membership in professional organizations, become licensed, and after two years of experience in the field sit for the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam. The Interior Design bachelor of science degree  is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).


Construction and Building Sciences Courses  


    Associate of Applied ScienceInstitutional CertificateBachelor of ScienceEmphasis Option for Bachelor of Integrated Studies

       BIS emphases are also offered for most programs with a minor.


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