College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Thomas Kommer, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Demolition is as old as construction itself and has always played an integral role in the construction process. That is, however, not the reality of the Construction Management (CM) program at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). The current curriculum covers a wide range of topics and prepares students to be able to join any residential, commercial, and heavy civil projects. These projects all have something in common, the demolition process. Undergraduates are not prepared with the basic demolition knowledge to be successful in the industry. Demolition is overlooked at Cal Poly and is not a primary focus in any course. By offering a course focused entirely on the demolition process, principles, and safety, students will be better prepared for the workforce and the industry as a whole. This project-based paper establishes the building block for a complete demolitions course at Cal Poly. It breaks down learning goals, a basic schedule, coursework, and materials, as well as everything else needed to create a new course on demolition for the curriculum.

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