School of Building Construction Georgia Institute of Technology

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Basic Information

Address: John and Joyce Caddell Building, 280 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone Number: (404) 385-7479
Chair: Dr. Ece Erdogmus
Dean: Dr. Ellen Bassett

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Additional Information

Classroom Size: 20
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:10
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Type of Housing: Dorms

71% Tenure-Track Women Faculty

When Erdogmus became chair of the School of Building Construction in 2021, one of her first tasks was to fill two faculty positions. After a rigorous process by the search committee, the two candidates hired happened to be women.

"When that happened," Erdogmus said, "I said 'Okay, wait a second. We just became a construction program with 71 percent female tenure-track faculty and approximately 50 percent female when all full-time and part-time faculty are included. It's got to be some sort of a record." Most peer construction schools come in between seven and 25% for combined full- and part-time female faculty, she said.

One of 71%, Assistant Professor Eunhwa Yang, said the change in the School's faculty has been "a life changer."

"When I joined the faculty in 2016, I was one of three female faculty," Yang said. Yang is also an alumna (M.S. BC 2009). When she began her journey at the School, there was one full-time professor who was a woman, she said.

"Recently we had a banquet for our School," Yang said. "Our keynote speaker was Nancy Juneau, the CEO of Juneau Construction. She talked about her career progression, how she became the CEO, it was an amazing story. But having my School's chair and then the female CEO from Juneau Construction talking to each other was a celebration for me. My heart was fireworks, everywhere."

"That kind of publicity and representation will change the dynamics of how the male-dominated field of construction will respond. In fact, they're already responding," she said.

As It Turns Out, the Construction Industry Wants Diversity

When Erdogmus meets with construction industry leaders, they want to talk about graduating students, she said. Not only because they're looking to hire a technologically-savvy Georgia Tech grad, but because they've got diversity initiatives top-of-mind, Erdogmus said.

"They're asking us for more diverse construction managers," she said. "They want to change and the path to change goes through higher education."

The School of Building Construction can start that change with the undergraduate program, Erdogmus said. "The undergraduate program's name is changing to Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management, to better reflect the career path and the rigor of the degree. It's also a change informed by a student and alumni survey we did," said Erdogmus.  

"We can have the student body that's challenging the industry's status quo because of the teachers they've had, the lessons they've learned, and the cross-pollination they get at an institute like Georgia Tech. That way, slowly, we change the industry itself," she said.

"If, say, the construction industry looks completely different in 10 years because of Georgia Tech, that's super exciting. And it's the best chance the industry ever had to look like the image we created."

"Ece is a big deal," said Jacquelyn Schneider, one of the members of the School's Advisory Board. Schneider earned her Bachelor of Science in Building Construction (BSBC) from Georgia Tech in 2006 and later got an MBA from the Scheller College of Business in 2018. She is now a senior manager at Jabian Consulting.

"She and the School of Building Construction are really tilling the soil. It's going to be amazing to see the fruition that comes out of [Erdogmus'] personal investment," Schneider said.


Georgia Institute of Technology's tuition is $11,764 for in-state and $32,876 for out-of-state students.

Financial Aid:

The mission of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) is to assist students and families in the application for and receipt of financial resources to help them meet the educational expenses to attend Georgia Tech. We strive to provide excellent service to our applicants and recipients; administer funds and programs effectively and efficiently and in compliance with all regulations, rules, policies and procedures; exercise good stewardship of all funds entrusted to us; and serve as an advocate for the strategic financial support for students.

Disability Services:

The Office of Disability Services collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create a campus environment that is usable, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive of all members of the Georgia Tech community.

Disability is an aspect of diversity integral to society and Georgia Tech. If students encounter academic, physical, technological, or other barriers on campus, the Disability Services team collaborates with the student to find creative solutions and reasonable accommodation.

Computer Capabilities:

This page holds information about computers and computing resources that are pertinent to students as they go through the design program. To assist students in developing coding, wiring, and design skills, the School of Industrial Design has several labs and resources available for students, all of which are listed here:

Admission Requirements:

First-year applicants to Georgia Tech are reviewed in a selective, holistic admission process. Our application review includes consideration of the following factors:

Application/Transfer Deadlines:

Application Plan2024 Application DeadlineDocument DeadlineSelf-Reported Test Score DeadlineDecision ReleaseEarly Action 1
Georgia Students OnlyOctober 16October 30November 20December 8
Early Action 2
Non-Georgia Students OnlyNovember 1November 15January 2January 26
Regular DecisionJanuary 4January 17*January 17TBD

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Parking Zones

Designated parking permit areas are available throughout the Georgia Tech campus. Visitors may park in designated visitor parking lots/areas designated by signage, pay stations and/or pay by phone signage. Vendors/contractors parking is based on availability. Please contact PTS for available parking locations.

International Students:

International First-Year Admission

With over 1,000 undergraduate international students, Georgia Tech is home to a thriving, globally diverse population. We are excited to welcome applicants from all over the world!

International Student Application Process

In our admission process, we closely review your specific academic background and particular educational system in order to make the most appropriate admission decision for each student. Applications are read within the context from which you are applying. For example, if you are from Panama but living in Illinois, your application will be read with those from Illinois. Likewise, if you are from Illinois but living in France, your application will be read with those from France. If you have been enrolled in high schools in more than one location, your application will be reviewed in context of each location.

International first-year applicants go through the same application process as all other students, regardless of residency.

Degrees Offered:

Our academic programs reflect the dramatic changes experienced by the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry over the last ten years. Construction sites are now filled with technology. Building projects finish faster than ever before. Teams with diverse expertise unite to manage some of the world's most complicated buildings. Our students learn from industry leaders and researchers so they can navigate the changes that lay ahead:

Mission Statement:

Mission and Vision


As part of the Georgia Institute of Technology, a public research university, The School of Building Construction is committed to developing leaders who advance the state-of-the-art in all aspects of the life cycle of the built environment.


Philosophy/Belief Statement:


In the next decade, the School of Building Construction will become the global leader in education and research on life cycle of the built environment.

We see construction as the integrating discipline that brings together owners, developers, architects, engineers, technology experts, suppliers, facility managers, and occupants for the purpose of co-creating a harmonized and sustainable built environment.

Driven by our core values, our research and educational programs center on inclusion, innovation, human-centered technology and solutions, and collaboration. Our school uniquely addresses all phases of the life cycle of the built environment: initial planning, development, pre-design, design, pre-construction, construction, facility operation and management, and disposal/recycling.

Program History:

The roots of the School of Building Construction (BC) at Georgia Tech go back 60 years to the World War II era. The nation faced severe housing shortages, materials depletions, and a weak economy, as a result of the wartime demands. The Johns-Manville Corporation, one of the country's largest building materials manufacturers, joined the efforts to re-house the nation by funding and building construction education programs. He sponsored multiple programs around the country, including the one at Georgia Tech.

Through the years, the Institute has shaped the reflection and vitality of the program, and those charged with its direction. When the State Board of Regents elevated the School of Architecture to College status in 1975, the Building Construction Program retained professional degree-granting status.