College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Thomas Kommer, Phil Barlow
The Cal Poly Construction Management program has been proven to produce some of the most prepared graduates heading into new careers in every facet of the construction industry. Speaking with faculty member Tom Kommer, we have concluded that there is a need for an increased focus on construction risk management within the curriculum. In order to develop a course which would suitably educate Cal Poly Construction Management students in the topic of risk management, I performed a literary review during which I determined which risks are most prevalent within the construction industry and how firms in the construction industry manage these risks. It was also revealed through interviews with industry professionals that an education in construction risk management is critical for a successful career in the construction industry. Using the information collected through a literary review and the interview responses obtained from industry professionals, it has been determined that a Construction Risk Management topics course would benefit Cal Poly Construction Management students in their future careers in the construction industry.