About the Program
These courses can be used to expand your knowledge in specific construction skill areas. They will focus on design principles, system integration, code compliance, and construction coordination.
These classes will be offered via live video instruction giving you the convenience of joining class from home or work while engaging with the instructor and other students.
As the construction industry grows, so does demand for knowledge of building systems. Employers are looking for Maintenance Technicians, Construction and Project Managers who understand the design aspects needed for plumbing, preventative maintenance, HVAC, wiring, pipe systems and so on.
Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool.
Meet the Instructor
Francis K. Rapisarda earned his architecture degree from Drexel University and has returned to Drexel as an adjunct professor teaching similar courses. He has held multiple positions throughout his career in the Philadelphia region including Director of Architecture, Construction and Project Manager.
Scheduling and Time Management in Construction–AE 5559
Construction-specific scheduling and time management course that will teach students how to think about the construction project at hand and to build a project-specific schedule. Topics include:
- New Construction: Typical out-of-the-ground construction. This would include all of the site work components, foundations, exterior construction, and interiors construction to close-out of the project.
- Renovation Projects: Scheduling for an existing building renovation, occupied or vacant, dealing with phases.
- For both schedule types we would cover multiple floors and the repeat aspect of scheduling. This is helpful for hotel or apartment building projects.
- Pre-Construction: Many construction companies are involved in Design-Build projects, which means they are a partner in the process in the early stages of the project, dealing with not only design but client and governmental approvals. Documenting all of these steps and the time it takes to complete, along with what happens to the schedule should one of the items slip, is crucial to the overall project schedule.
- Time Management: The job of a Project Manager in the construction world takes on a multitude of projects with their own subcontractors and individuals for each. How to manage that plethora of people and tasks associated with each task is challenging. We will explore some of the best tools PM's use to keep their tasks and priorities in order.
The course is lecture based and includes class discussions and workbook assignments.
Dates: Wednesday, March 16 to April 27, 2022
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Delivery: Live instruction via Zoom Classroom
Register online for Scheduling and Time Management Construction.
Construction Law–CE 6298
This course includes an overview of how the legal system works, including mediation, arbitration and litigation. Emphasis is on contracts, principles of contract interpretation and contract-related issues such as payment, change orders, differing site conditions, delays and disruptions, and warranty of the plans and specifications. An anatomy of an actual construction lawsuit is presented, from pleading stage through discovery phase and on to the trial and appeal process. Bidding and bid protests, security bonds and mechanics liens are also examined.
Dates: Coming Tuesdays in Fall 2022!
Times: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Systems–AE 5558
This course introduces the principles of the building systems with the intent to provide the construction/project managers with the knowledge to identify, integrate, and coordinate with project engineers and consultants. The building systems to be covered include, but are not limited to the following:
- HVAC Systems (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and the impact on design solution
- Indoor Air Quality; impact from products and their application
- Electrical Systems/Energy Controls, code requirements
- Communication and Data Systems
- Plumbing Systems, and code requirements
- Fire Protection Systems, code requirements
The course is lecture based and includes class discussions and workbook assignments. The course also reviews the construction document components to each of the building systems.
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Delivery: Zoom Classroom (remote, live instruction)
Introduction to Structural and Building Envelope Systems–AE 5001
The course will introduce the principles of structural systems and the building envelope with the intent to provide the construction/project managers with the knowledge to identify, integrate, and coordinate with project engineers and consultants. The building systems to be covered include, but are not limited to the following:
- Foundation Systems—Footing, Slabs
- Wall Systems—Masonry, Steel, Curtain Wall, Rain Screen
- Roof Systems—Various membranes, Flat Roof, Sloped Roofs, Trusses
- Fenestration Systems—Glazing, Veneers
- Structural Forces—Compression, Tension, Bending, Shear, Moments
The course is lecture based and includes class discussions and workbook assignments. The course reviews the construction document components to each of the building systems.
Dates: Coming Wednesdays in Fall 2022!
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.