Prepare for a construction career focused on safe demolition and effective restoration in a variety of built environments.

Demolition and Restoration Management in the Built Environment

Not all construction work is new construction. As buildings age, as new products and techniques are adopted, and as disasters occur, a specific set of skills is needed for safely taking down structures or restoring them.

When you major in demolition and restoration management in the built environment at Purdue University, you will study the unique features of this sector of the construction industry. The School of Construction Management Technology has been a leader in this field for several years.

You will examine the common lifecycles of structures and learn new skills that will be critical for disaster restoration after natural or man-made disasters. You will gain a broad exposure to construction management topics while focusing on these highly specialized areas. Your courses will expose you to project management skills, and your capstone course will allow you to apply your new skills to a well-integrated demolition and disaster restoration project management process and solution. This built environment degree plan of study includes technical and managerial concepts for reconstruction interwoven throughout the coursework.

Meet our faculty, most of whom have industry experience.


  • Combine the growing demand for graduates with this knowledge with a major that few universities offer
  • Network with leading demolition and restoration organizations
  • Take advantage of project-based learning in updated labs and with some of the newest technology in the industry, such as 3D laser scanners and robotic total stations
  • Gain valuable experience as you complete 800 hours of on-site construction work as part of your graduation requirements
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

What can I do?

Project manager
Operations manager
Safety manager
Cost estimator

Where can I go?

Ideal Construction
Brandenburg Industrial Services
Stanley LaBOunty Manufacturing Inc.
Kinsale Contracting Group Inc.
One of my favorite internships was spending the summer on a restoration project in New Jersey at Long Beach Island. The beach had been affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we came in on a restoration project to rebuild their beach and sand dunes.
Adam Zimmerman
Building Construction Management