Demolition and Restoration Management in the Built Environment

Demolition and Reconstruction Management degree

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 building them back up.

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.

You will examine the common lifecycles of structures and learn new skills that will be critical after natural or man-made disasters. You will gain a broad exposure to building 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. The plan of study includes technical and managerial concepts for reconstruction interwoven throughout the coursework.


  • 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

Placement Data

Number of Graduates Percent of Grads Reported Placement Rate Average Salary
53 100% 100% $53,505

Potential Job Titles

  • Project manager
  • Operations manager
  • Safety manager
  • Cost estimator
  • Operations scheduler

In addition to the fees charged to all Purdue students (technology fee, repair and rehabilitation fee, student fitness and wellness fee), students in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute pay a differential general service fee of $286.00 each semester.

Full information about tuition and fees is available on the Purdue Bursar’s Office Web site.

From the U.K. to Mexico, Singapore, and China, nearly 40 study abroad programs at Purdue are open to Purdue Polytechnic Institute students. Programs range from just a few weeks to semester and year-long stays.