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University Offers New Urban Construction Degree

Friday, May 1, 2020

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Recently, the University of New Orleans (UNO) announced that it would be offering a new bachelor’s degree program in urban construction management, beginning in the fall of 2020.

The university reports that the new program is a first for the state of Louisiana and is the fifth bachelor’s degree program offered by UNO’s College of Engineering.

Currently, the university offers the only civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering programs in metro New Orleans, and one of only a handful of naval architecture and marine engineering programs in the nation.

About the Program

According to UNO, the new urban construction management aims to provide a holistic approach to the topic through a variety of courses in engineering, management, history and urban studies. Primarily, the program will focus on urban residential and commercial development, in addition to rehabilitation, restoration and historic preservation of existing infrastructure.

University of New Orleans

Recently, the University of New Orleans (UNO) announced that it would be offering a new bachelor’s degree program in urban construction management, beginning in the fall of 2020.

“This program was developed in direct response to the demand from the local construction industry,” said Taskin Kocak, Dean of the College of Engineering. “As such, the curriculum includes an experiential component through internships, increased soft skills-building courses and modern construction technology embedded into the courses and labs.”

The news announcement on the program also notes that Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO) is supporting the program through its regional industry partners and GNOu program—a workforce initiative to connect employers with higher education institutions.

“Utilizing GNOu, nearly 20 construction companies across the region worked with UNO to design a program reflecting their hiring needs and industry trends,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO, Inc.

“As a result of this collaborative effort, UNO students will have a pipeline to high-paying jobs with some of the region’s largest employers; employers will have a pipeline of talent from a local university; and the region will have a stronger labor base. This type of ‘triple-win’ is the goal of GNOu, and we congratulate UNO on their lead role.”

Upon graduation, UNO reports that graduates will be able to:

  • Describe different urban residential and commercial construction techniques;
  • Evaluate sustainability principles in planning, design, and construction of an urban construction project;
  • Manage an urban construction project effectively; and
  • Formulate restoration plan and manage rehabilitation of a historic construction.

“We are grateful for the collaboration and support of GNO, Inc. and our industry partners who helped us build this in-demand degree program, which will benefit our students and our region,” said UNO President John Nicklow.


Tagged categories: Colleges and Universities; Commercial / Architectural; Commercial Buildings; Commercial Construction; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Construction; Education; Good Technical Practice; Historic Preservation; Historic Structures; NA; North America; Project Management; Residential; Residential Construction; Restoration

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