College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Thomas F. Kommer, Philip Barlow
The objective of this report is to initiate the development of an introductory Spanish topics course within the construction management curriculum at Cal Poly. With each construction management student at Cal Poly that graduates, the industry is gifted another future industry expert. However, in order to be truly successful in construction,one must be excellent at communicating with, and coordinating team’s activities. There is no question that workers in the construction industry are subject to life threatening hazards on a regular basis. In order to mitigate the potential harm of these hazards, allsteps must be taken in managing these risks. Faults in communication between coworkers not only can lead to inefficiencies, but workers can also end up injured. With a large number of laborers in America being of Latin descent, the Spanish-English language-barrier is something of high importance, and should not go unrecognized.Upon completing the Spanish in Construction topics course, students will have the skills necessary to communicate with Spanish speaking workers in order to help diminish these safety hazards.