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Building/Construction Science and Management
College of Engineering
Bishop-Favrao Hall is a 31,600 GSF laboratory facility adjacent to Cowgill Hall, which is home to the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. The building houses administrative and faculty offices for the Department of Building Construction, the Construction Engineering and Management Program, and the Program in Real Estate. In addition to providing classroom space, seminar rooms, and studios, the facility also provides state-of-the-art laboratory spaces, including testing labs, wet labs, material handling, tool labs, and workshops for assembly of construction systems.
Bishop-Favrao Hall (0156) Blacksburg VA 24061
Bishop-Favrao Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Building/Construction Science and Management
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Department Head : Georg Reichard
Graduate Program Director(s) : Tanyel Turkaslan Bulbul (Graduate Program Chair), Brandy Barrow (Graduate Program Assistant)
Professors: Brian Kleiner; Andrew McCoy; Georg Reichard; Walid Thabet
Associate Professors: Abiola Akanmu; Thomas Mills; Annie Pearce; Tanyel Turkaslan Bulbul; Lu Zhang
Assistant Professors: Kereshmeh Afsari; Philip Agee; Xinghua Gao; Nazila Roofigari-Esfahan; Alireza Shojaei kol kachi; Ruichuan Zhang
Assistant Professor of Practice: Aleksandra Markovic Graff
Collegiate Associate Professors: Josh Iorio

Graduate Studies in Building Construction

At the Master's level, our Building Construction curriculum prepares students with the professional capabilities to critically address present and evolving needs of the construction industry. The Master of Science in Building Construction Science and Management (MS-BCSM) degree offers the opportunity for advanced study and research in specialized areas related to building design, construction, operations, and end-of-life-cycle, providing the basis for diverse career paths in the construction industry or an entry pathway into a doctoral program.

While an undergraduate degree in Building Construction or related fields is not required, applicants must demonstrate relevant background, and professional experience in the construction industry is recommended. Applicants must also demonstrate the capability for undertaking advanced academic study. The Master of Science degree in BCSM requires a total of 32 credit hours of core courses and electives. Students may complete their degree requirements through independent investigation on a subject of their own interest through a faculty-supervised Thesis or Project & Report, or they may elect to complete their degree requirements through a final exit examination.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • GRE
    • Verbal + Quantitative Reasoning
      • Minimum : 305.0
    • Paper
      • 600.0
    • iBT
      • 100.0
    • Overall
      • Total : 7.0

The Master of Science in Building Construction Science and Management program consists of 32 credit hours of coursework including core courses and electives in construction-, design-, and business-related disciplines. Students may complete their degree requirements either through independent investigation on a subject of their own interest through a faculty-supervised Thesis or Project & Report, or through a final exit examination administered by the faculty.

GRE Scores: GRE scores are recommended for students who wish to be considered for assistantship funding but not required.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores: TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all international applicants who have not matriculated from an English-speaking university, due to the language-intensive nature of the program.

Application Deadlines: All required documents must be received in the Graduate School by the Department's application deadline in order for the application to be complete. The Master of Science in Building Construction Science & Management (MS-BCSM) program accepts applications for fall terms only. (Active duty Military applicants can request a spring start.) 

The Department conducts general admission reviews and decisions within a month following the application deadline. Early reviews and admission decisions can be requested based on faculty recommendations. 

The deadlines below are the latest possible dates that an application will be considered. 

  • Funded Students:  Students wishing to be considered for assistantship funding should apply no later than April 1st for Fall admission. Applications received before January 1st will be considered for early decision funding with decisions being available on January 15th.
  • International Students : The application deadline for international M.S. applicants is April 1st. Most department decisions will be made by April 15th.
  • Domestic Students : The application deadline for domestic M.S. applicants is July 1st.  Decisions are anticipated to be made by July 15th.


Industry Track

The Industry Track offers opportunities for students who are interested in a career in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry after graduation. This track allows students to explore the key topics and issues that face the AEC industry, working closely with faculty and industry leaders. Students in this track may customize their course of study though their choice of elective courses both inside and outside the School of Construction, as well as through independent study working directly with faculty. Internships, executive shadowing experiences, and extracurricular opportunities round out the industry track experience, resulting in students who will be well-prepared to develop solutions to industry challenges and carry their companies forward into the future. Students will complete their degree in this track with a final oral exit exam administered by construction faculty.

Research Track

The Research Track offers a chance for students who wish to explore an industry problem at a deeper level, or who are considering further study at the doctoral level as part of their future career goals. This track offers both the basic coursework to equip graduates for a construction career as well as a chance to focus in detail on a problem of interest through a faculty-supervised one-semester project or two-semester thesis. Students in this track may customize their course of study using electives both inside and outside the Myers-Lawson School of Construction and will choose three faculty with complementary expertise to supervise their research in a problem area of interest to them. Students in this track have the opportunity to interact with industry through internships as well as working directly with companies to complete their research investigations. Graduates of this track will be equipped to pursue fast-track careers in industry or in academia through further study.

Bishop-Favrao Hall

Bishop-Favrao Hall (BFH) is a 31,600 square foot laboratory facility opened in 2008. It is the home of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction and the Department of Building Construction. BFH was designed to be used as a teaching tool. The structural elements that are usually hidden behind walls and ceiling panels in other buildings are exposed and labeled. That means students can clearly see the structures and systems they are studying in use. All public spaces and all offices have exposed ceilings to allow students and visitors to see the structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical systems. The building was specifically designed with large open work spaces, conference and meeting rooms in order to foster a collaborative atmosphere, and flexible spaces available in this building range from two 100-person classrooms to 10-person conference rooms and reconfigurable studio spaces.

The building is also home to multiple research labs and centers dedicated to inventing the future of the human-centered built environment. In addition to state-of-the-art research facilities, the building contains administrative, faculty, and graduate student offices.

Bishop-Favrao Hall was made possible by numerous Building Construction alumni and friends, many of whom are noted on the donor wall located in the second floor lobby and on plaques around the building. The building is named after Richard Bishop and William A. Favrao.

Address: 1345 Perry St.  |  Map Grid: K-3

Originally Built: 2007  |  Abbreviation: BFH

ARCaDe Lab

The Automation & Robotics in Construction And Design (ARCaDe) Lab mission is to advance research and development in the next generation built environment technologies leveraging innovative solutions for design, construction, and operations of buildings and infrastructures.
The ARCaDe Lab at Virginia Tech is involved in collaborative interdisciplinary research between the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering to develop new solutions for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Operations (AECO) industry. Key areas include integration of automation, robotic technologies and control systems, smart buildings and infrastructure, and cyber-physical systems.
Resource: ARCADE Website (


The Building Enclosure and Systems Technologies (BEST) Lab focuses on building science related topics around environmental building systems and enclosure systems and their interrelated thermal, hygrothermal, and acoustic performance, as well as performance aspects of mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems. This lab contains a full-scale building assembly test chamber as well as a variety of portable equipment for monitoring and measuring building conditions, including lighting, indoor air quality, as well as interior and exterior environmental conditions.
Resource: BEST Lab Website (


The BuildLAB is a 6,000 square foot fabrication facility equipped for digital design and construction, this lab focuses primarily on wood and composite materials. The lab includes a full spectrum of portable and fixed conventional construction equipment, computer controlled additive and subtractive manufacturing tools, and a trailer-mounted field office and tool storage unit that can be used for projects off-site.
Resource: BuildLAB Website (


The Sustainable Facilities & Infrastructure (SFI) Lab is a distributed lab that focuses on the study of sustainable technologies and systems in the built environment and the human systems with which they interact. The lab's equipment includes renewable energy feasibility assessment equipment, a portable audience-interactive charrette facilitator's kit, and a building condition assessment toolkit used to evaluate building performance and conditions in the field.

Smart Systems Lab

The Smart Systems Laboratory at Virginia Tech is a research group focused on basic and applied research on the design of decision support systems, cyber-learning and educational technologies with applications to workforce health, safety and technical training, smart education, smart buildings, and cyber-physical construction systems. These research efforts are largely interdisciplinary and draw upon tools from optimization, machine learning, statistics, sensing systems, and immersive technologies (virtual, augmented, and mixed reality) to embed intelligence into the design, construction, and maintenance of building and civil infrastructure systems.
Resource: Smart Systems Lab Website (


The Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) -the official housing research center for the Commonwealth of Virginia, VCHR provides housing-related data services and analysis to local government, the Commonwealth, and other organizations.
Resource: VCHR Website (


The Virtual Facilities Research Lab includes a 250 square foot visualization space as well as other spaces throughout Bishop-Favrao Hall. With a focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM), the lab explores challenges related to interoperability, design for safety, asset and facility management, and simulation.
Resource: VFRL Website (
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