Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Building/Construction Science and Management
College of Architecture & Urban Studies
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, Mail Code:0156 Blacksburg VA 24061
Bishop-Favrao Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Building/Construction Science and Management
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
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Phone Number(s):
540/231-3587
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Jul 01
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Department Head : Andrew McCoy
Graduate Program Director(s) : Georg Reichard (Graduate Program Chair), Josh Iorio (Graduate Program Coordinator)
Professors: Yvan Beliveau; Brian Kleiner; Andrew McCoy; Walid Thabet
Associate Professors: Thomas Mills; Annie Pearce; Georg Reichard; Muhsine Turkaslan Bulbul
Assistant Professors: Abiola Akanmu; Nazila Roofigari-Esfahan
Assistant Professor of Practice: Josh Iorio; Aleksandra Markovic Graff

Building Construction Graduate Study

At the Master's level, the 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 entry into a Ph.D. level 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:
  • TOEFL
    • iBT
      • Overall : 105.0
  • GRE

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 Requirements: GRE scores are required from all applicants.

TOEFL Requirements: TOEFL 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.
  • International Students : Application Deadline for M.S. applicants is April 1st. Most department decisions will be made by April 15th.
  • Domestic Students : Application Deadline for M.S. applicants is July 1st.  Decisions are anticipated to be made by July 15th.

Concentrations

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 cutting edge 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 the 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

BEST Lab

The Building Enclosure and Systems Technologies (BEST) Lab was founded in 2008 for the study of building enclosure systems and their interrelated thermal, hygro-thermal, 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 (https://bestlab.mlsoc.vt.edu)

BuildLAB

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 (https://www.bc.vt.edu/our-labs/buildlab)

IC-SAFE

The Center for Innovation in Construction Safety, Health, and Well-being (IC-SAFE) is a university center that provides national leadership for construction safety, health, and well-being through research, teaching, and engagement. The Center works with laboratories throughout campus to facilitate research to promote the health, safety, and well-being of construction workers and others involved in the building life cycle.
Resource: IC-SAFE Website (https://icsafe.mlsoc.vt.edu)

SFI Lab

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.

VCHR

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 (https://www.vchr.vt.edu)

VFRL

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 (https://www.bc.vt.edu/VFRL)
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