Construction Management One Step Closer to Accreditation for B.S. Degree

Construction Management One Step Closer to Accreditation for B.S. Degree

By Professor of Civil Engineering Edwin Schmeckpeper, P.E., Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction Management

This October, the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Management received its initial ABET accreditation visit, the most critical step in the accreditation process. The process to accredit the B.S. Construction Management program formally started in 2015, when we applied for a review of the program; it is scheduled to be completed in 2017 when the ABET Board will have its final vote on the program.

In their report, the ABET team that visited Oct. 17 acknowledged Norwich University as the first private school in the United States to offer the precursor to the modern field of Construction Management. The ABET visiting team made numerous positive statements about the strength of our BS Construction Management program, including positive comments about the professional experience of the faculty, class-sizes,  faculty-student interactions, and the academic and non-academic opportunities provided for our students.

As an example of the one of the non-academic opportunities that we have for our students, the Construction Management students are eligible to become members of the professional construction management society, the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). This allows the students to grow professionally and to create connections with future employers. Fred Kreitzberg, Norwich Class of 1957, trustee emeritus and business owner—for whom Kreitzberg Library and Kreitzberg Arena are named—was one of the founding members of CMAA.

The work done to prepare for the accreditation visit was the culmination of a multi-year process involving all faculty members in the Construction Management program.

The Norwich University Construction Management faculty and their areas of expertise are: Nadia Al-Aubaidy, Building Information Modeling and Project Economics; Tom Descoteaux, Building Structures; Mike Kelley, Construction Management and Materials Testing; Jack Patterson, Specifications and Estimating, Construction Safety; Mike Puddicombe, Construction Operations, Construction Productivity; Edwin Schmeckpeper, Structural Aspects of Construction; Moses Tefe, Surveying and Site Development; and Adam Sevi. Soils and Construction Materials Testing.