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History

The Department of Construction Management at the University of Washington is one of four departments within the College of Built Environments (CBE).

Origins of the Department

The Department’s foundation was laid in the 1950’s at a time when students interested in construction created individual programs from existing university courses and were awarded bachelor’s degrees by the College of Arts and Sciences. The BA option was discontinued in October 1962 and replaced by a similar program within CBE.

In May 1963, the UW Board of Regents approved the curriculum for a program entitled Building Technology and Administration (BT&A). Thirty-one students were enrolled in the program’s first course (Construction Materials) during winter quarter in 1964, which marks the formal beginning of a curriculum that evolved into the current Construction Management program. The first six graduates were granted BS degrees in June 1965. The Board of Regents created the present Department in August 1968, and on July 1, 1996 the name was officially changed to the Department of Construction Management.

Enrollment and Degree Programs

Undergraduate enrollment has remained steady between 80 and 100 students (including both juniors and seniors). Currently, about 55 students graduate with BS degrees, a number that is expected to grow to 70 within a few years.

In 1994 the Department developed its master’s degree program, which prepares approximately 30 individuals each year for management positions in construction and construction-related industries.

In 2003 the Department, together with the other academic units in the College, began offering a college-wide interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the Built Environment, a program that has grown steadily and now has 22 students.

There are currently over 2,000 CM alumni who hold responsible positions in the construction industry.

Department Framework

The Construction Management Department is a member of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC). The undergraduate Construction Management program is nationally accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

The CM Department is administered by a chair and a small administrative staff. The Chair reports to and serves as an appointee of the Dean of CBE, who in turn is responsible, through the Provost, to the President of the University of Washington.