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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Course Descriptions - Building

BLDG 1015 CONSTRUCTION GRAPHICS
The development and interpretation of civil, architectural, structural, and electrical drawings; freehand sketching of construction details and sections; computer-aided construction drafting. (4 credits)

BLDG 1050 CONTRACTS & CODES
A comprehensive study of construction contracts including conditions of agreement and modifications. Students analyze the Massachusetts State Building Code as it applies to buildings. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: BLDG1015 and BLDG1100; or ARCT1150 

BLDG 1100 CONSTRUCTION METHODS
A detailed study of current methods and equipment used in timber, masonry and steel construction. Laboratory exercises emphasize plan reading. (4 credits)

BLDG 1500 CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING
The fundamentals of construction estimating are covered. Quantity surveys are made for various building components and prices determined for labor and materials, using a current pricing handbook. Standard estimators' forms are prepared. Computer techniques and applications are also examined. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: BLDG1015 and BLDG1100; or BLDG1015 and enrollment in the Professional Certificate in Managing Construction Projects

BLDG 1600 HORIZONTAL CONSTRUCTION
Survey of current methods and equipment used in heavy construction projects including highways, tunnels, bridges, dams, storm drains and sanitary sewers. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: BLDG1100

BLDG 1800 CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION METHODS
An introduction to reinforced concrete buildings with concentration on mix design and complete applications according to the ACI Standard Code, with emphasis on laboratory testing practices of fresh and hardened concrete. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: BLDG1100  and ARCT1000 or BLDG1015

BLDG 1900 BASIC BUILDING SERVICES
Examines the basic building services, including heating, water, plumbing, drainage, ventilation, air-conditioning, vertical transportation, acoustical control, electrical controls, and associated building code requirements. (4 credits)

BLDG 2000 STRUCTURAL DESIGN I
Topics include the principles of mechanics with emphasis on the use of dimensions, weights, forces and angles, centroids, center of gravity, free body diagrams and the laws of equilibrium as applied to trusses. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MATH1065 and PHYS1005

BLDG 2200 BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING
This course examines the use of Autodesk's REVIT software platform as a complete building design and documentation solution, supporting all phases of design, construction documentation, and construction management required for a building project. Students will create massing and conceptual studies that evolve into building models with schedules, details, renderings, walk-throughs, and other topics via studying real-world building designs. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: ARCT1000 or BLDG1015

BLDG 2500 PROJECT ESTIMATING & SCHEDULING
Students learn and apply the basic principles and current practices employed in estimating project costs including unit costs, overhead and profit. Scheduling tools, such as critical path method and bar charts, are examined as an aid and technique in project planning, budgeting and cost control. (4 credits)
Prerequisites: BLDG1015 or ARCT2150 AND BLDG1100

BLDG 2600 TESTING OF MATERIALS
Testing of Materials focuses on how to properly determine the properties of the most common construction industry materials. These materials include soils, aggregates, asphalt, concrete, steel, wood and masonry. Particular attention is paid to proper laboratory techniques for data acquisition and reporting. (2 credits)

BLDG 3000 CONSTRUCTION LAW & GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS
An introduction to law and contracts to avoid entanglements and disputes, and to develop awareness of legal rights so that construction claims are settled by negotiation, not litigation. In addition, a study of zoning and building code requirements is made. Roles of building departments and boards of standards and appeals, procedures, enforcement, approvals and permits are discussed. (4 credits) 
Prerequisite: third-year status

BLDG 3100 CONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS
Material handling in heavy construction.  The selection and application of heavy construction equipment including equipment productivity and cost. (4 credits) 
Prerequisite: BLDG1100

BLDG 3200 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SCHEDULING
Topic items include project network planning, scheduling, and cost control models. Computer applications to PERT and CPM will be explored and used by the student. (4 credits) 
Prerequisites: BLDG1100 and third-year status or BLDG1500 and enrollment in the Professional Certificate for Managing Construction Projects

BLDG 3400 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT CONTROL
The study of information management for effective project control. The course will cover gathering of job information and the processing involved in measuring, evaluating and calculating job performance, and reporting the results. Modern-day management information systems, practical accounting techniques, and computer applications will be explored. (4 credits) 
Prerequisite: BLDG3200

BLDG 3450 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT COST ANALYSIS
This course will also introduce students to modern techniques for analyzing costs for both vertical and horizontal construction. Costs will be compared to baselines established for project control. Students will analyze the variety of factors and different methods that affect construction costs. Primary class emphasis is on the cost analysis process available to project managers. (4 credits) 
Prerequisite: BLDG3200

BLDG 3500 CONSTRUCTION COST ANALYSIS
Topics include: practical procedures for building construction estimating of most major trades; analysis of factors and methods affecting construction costs; bid strategies; preparation of preliminary budgets and complete working estimates with quantities and costs of materials, labor and overhead. Computer applications are explored. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: MGMT2500

BLDG 3600 CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT THEORY
Construction project management from conception to completion is covered. The course covers feasibility studies, site selection, planning, programming, design coordination, and contracting procedures of actual construction. Emphasis is placed on contractor operations, project administration, job planning, and subcontract coordination. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: third-year status; or BLDG1500 and enrollment in the Professional Certificate in Managing Construction Projects

BLDG 3700 CONSTRUCTION SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT
Topics include the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage safety compliance and risk associated with construction. (4 credits) 
Prerequisite: BLDG1100

BLDG 4250 FINANCING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
An investigation of construction financing during all phases of project development. Topic items include: permanent loans, construction loans, sources of mortgage funds and venture capital, and tax and interest considerations. Emphasis is placed on the role of the banker as a vital member of the construction management team. (4 credits) 
Prerequisite: third-year status

BLDG 5500 SENIOR PROJECT BUILDING CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT 
Students have the opportunity to explore and present on a construction management topic of their choice. A final oral presentation is required. (4 credits)