Student Life

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Building a Part of Georgia Tech

Like other students at Georgia Tech, we love structural mechanics, thermodynamics, and megaprojects. But as students in the School of Building Construction, we also get to work on Building Information Modeling (BIM), construction apps, and integrated project delivery systems. Most of our students have a civil engineering background, and our graduates work closely with engineers — or as engineers — in the course of their construction projects. So we really feel at home at Georgia Tech.

What sets us apart is that as part of the College of Design, we understand the design life cycle of buildings. We study everything from land acquisition and development, to architectural drawings, to electric layouts, to managing the facility once it's built, and even figuring out how to breathe new life into a very old building.

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Student Construction Association

Student Construction Association (SCA) conducts training events, lectures, and social events. The SCA makes these kinds of events affordable — they can be quite expensive through other construction industry agencies. It's $25 to join, an investment that subsidizes many training sessions and certification courses. Members are able to meet students from other Building Construction programs as well as Georgia Tech engineering students that aren't normally part of building construction circles. Irrespective of major, anyone can join SCA. There’s a mentoring program as well, connecting students to mentors in the industry. Some of the mentors are even School of Building Construction alumni!

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Atlanta is Our Classroom

The lessons taught in our programs are concurrently happening in live construction sites all around Georgia Tech campus — and from time to time, innovative construction projects are happening on campus as well. Since most of our professors are working with a firm, students get to visit many sites and learn from guest lectures.

Students also experience a robust range of building styles in Atlanta, from building stadiums to building houses to building retail environments. Our city is in the perfect stage of development: It’s not an established city like New York or Chicago, but it’s still the epicenter of a megaregion. There’s a lot of opportunity in this city, and often our students don’t have to relocate after graduation. Most of the students who get summer internships can stay in Atlanta.

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Collaboration on a National Scale

In the Southeast, Georgia Tech is the only research-focused institute with a Building Construction master’s program situated within a big city. We're also one of the only universities in the country with all of the fields related to building construction — architecture, mechanical and civil engineering, management, public policy, psychology, computing, and city and regional planning — on one campus. The options for interdisciplinary study and collaboration are unparalleled here.

Networking and staying abreast of current industry issues is an important aspect of School of Building Construction programs. Our industry is evolving at an exciting pace, so our students focus on creative and paradigm-changing solutions. The annual Construction Industry Career Fair produced by SCA and the School of Building Construction introduces companies across the nation to students in building construction, engineering, and architecture.

Professional networking opportunities

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International Building Ties

Like our student body, our faculty comes from around the world, including South America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. We find this diversity of experience adds a critical, modern edge to building projects of any scope. Additionally, our students can choose to study abroad in England or Brazil, learning international standards and practices in construction along with global sustainability perspectives.

Building Construction Study Abroad Programs