Construction Project Management, 2nd edition


by Alison Dykstra
Second Edition (published March 2018)
480 pages, hardcover
$76.00 US
ISBN 978-0-9827034-3-4

What it takes to develop, plan, and manage a successful construction project:

The new, updated and expanded edition of this bestselling text addresses the basics of how we design, develop, and construct our buildings and our communities. Written in a straightforward and highly readable style, Construction Project Management provides the reader with crucial background information often overlooked in other texts:

  • The roles of the major players — owners and designers, general and specialty contractors
  • Why contractors should avoid some jobs, and how to get the right ones
  • What bidding is, and why the low bid isn’t always the best bid
  • Why different types of construction contracts carry different levels of risk
  • Why cost estimates and schedules are keys to project success
  • How a contractor brings in a job on time and on budget.

And much more:

  • Alternative project delivery and BIM
  • Change orders and getting paid
  • MasterFormat
  • ConsensusDocs and AIA Documents
  • An expanded and updated introduction to Green Construction.

Alison Dykstra, AIA, CSI has been a registered architect for over 30 years and began teaching construction management in the early 1990s. This textbook draws on her extensive professional and classroom experience to explain the complex systems of construction management in a highly accessible way that meets the needs of both beginners and seasoned contractors.

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Preface and table of contents: view PDF file

Sample chapter: view one of the chapters on estimating (ch.11 on conceptual & design estimates)

Index: view PDF file

Glossary: view PDF file

Amazon page:

  • "Construction Project Management is informative and easy to read. It clearly outlines the professional building processes and procedures. It is a great book not only for students, but for the building professional as well."
    ~ Andy Briglio, contractor

    For more information: Construction Project Management

    "This book is a great introduction to the field and represents a powerful argument for an increased focus on green construction. Dykstra's writing is clear, concise and well informed by decades of experience in the field."
    ~ Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow, author and speaker, founder of the Yudelson Associates consultancy

    Available now; for more information:
    Green Construction: An Introduction to a Changing Industry