A E 472
Building Construction Planning and Management (3) Construction organization and contracts; preconstruction services; estimating; scheduling; cash flow; site planning and preparation; building construction sequences; construction business presentations; value engineering.
A E 472 Building Construction Planning and Management (3)
The objective of A E 472 is to introduce students in the construction management option of the Architectural Engineering program to the process in which building construction contractors acquire building projects, and the range of services typically provided on these projects. Upon completion of this course, students will have a working understanding of the preconstruction process and methods of acquiring negotiated work in building construction. They will be capable of assembling estimates, schedules, cash-flow curves, and site plans for building projects, and will have a working knowledge of competitive presentation strategies and develop professional presentation skills.
The content of the course centers upon the process in which companies plan for and acquire projects as construction managers and general contractors. Specific topics include schematic estimating and scheduling, design coordination of structural, architectural, and mechanical systems, value engineering processes, and site planning. The financial aspects of construction work are also presented, including project financing, cash flow, and accounting. A significant portion of the course is also devoted to the development of strategic and competitive business presentation, including risk assessment, fee structure, team dynamics, and technical presentation skills.
The class relies heavily upon the application of all content by students in the context of a team project. The project involves the distribution of a "Request for Proposal" for which students prepare a competitive proposal for an actual building construction project planned on the Penn State University Campus. Class activities include the presentation of key issues followed by in-class or independent exercises to reinforce themes and strategies to be applied in the project proposal. Students are assessed on their performance on discussion quizzes on ANGEL, independent exercises, class participation, a team presentation, and exams.
For A E students, the prerequisite for the course is the successful completion of A E 372. For non-A E majors, students are admitted at the discretion of the instructor. A E 472 is a prerequisite course for A E 473.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.