Disaster Restoration Demolition and Reconstruction Minor

Special skills are needed to bring order from chaos after a natural or manmade disaster. Students in the disaster restoration, demolition, and reconstruction (DRDR) minor will gain an understanding of the actions competent contractors must complete and how they must be guided. Upon completion of the minor, students will be much better prepared to engage with specialty contractors to restore facilities and other property in the most economical and timely way.

The 11 credit-hour minor provides skills and knowledge essential for restoration and reconstruction of structures and personal property items damaged by disastrous events. After the preliminary work of planners and designers is complete, it is restoration and demolition specialty contractors who work closest with the property owner to do the critical work of restoring normalcy to the stricken area, whether large or small.

Managing projects to restore water, fire, and microbial losses, and understanding the role of demolition are the primary focus of the studies, but the courses inform students of other emergent damages and their recovery, too.

The DRDR minor is open to any Purdue University West Lafayette campus major.
Students interested in specific careers may have special interest in this minor, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Agriculture
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Emergency management

A grade of C- or better must be earned in any course used to fulfill the DRDR minor.

Required Courses

  • BCM 32000, Introduction to Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Management
  • BCM 33100, Demolition and Restoration Project Management
  • BCM 33000, Introduction to Demolition and Reconstruction Management
  • BCM 42100, Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Industry Problem Investigation