BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN Life-Cycle Facilities Management

Design, build and manage projects with the environment, society and long-term sustainable development goals in mind

The Bachelor's Program in Life Cycle Facilities Management is a unique program focused on the sustainability of building construction and design.

Worldwide, there is a need for people who design, build and manage companies with environmental, societal and long-term sustainable development goals in mind. Business is beginning to adapt its project management to be more cost-efficient and environmentally aware.

The growing awareness of the potential of sustainable construction and facilities management to positively impact the environment is pushing green practices to the forefront and causing construction and manufacturing companies to rethink their conventional practices. This program will prepare you to properly plan and build structures, projects, and products that will be sustainable for the long-term.

Life-Cycle Facilities Management Highlights

  • Master the professional requirement to bring construction and business projects to successful completion including life-cycle cost estimating, risk management, project scheduling, negotiation strategies and project control.
  • Examine the essential skills of contracting as well as bidding and negotiating strategic business plans.
  • Build career knowledge and marketable skills through 12 required internship credits.

About Life-Cycle Facilities Management Faculty

  • FSU faculty members provide profound expertise in several interconnected disciplines, including physics and engineering, geography, and management giving students an interdisciplinary understanding of the varied concepts and skills needed to excel in this field.

Sample Life-Cycle Facilities Management Courses You May Take

  • Systems Life-Cycle Cost Analysis - Estimated cost of developing, producing, deploying, maintaining, operating and disposing of a system over its life-cycle (from cradle to grave). Covers the life-cycle phases of an asset, project, or product from the acquisition to end-of-life.
  • Durability of Materials - Compare and contrast durability features, methods and estimation techniques for the assessment of deterioration mechanisms of building materials, including concrete, steel, wood, asphalt, masonry and Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer (FRP) composites. Discuss regulations, standards, specifications, guidelines, and design codes currently available and in development.
  • Project Management for Life-Cycle Facilities Management - Investigate best practices of life-cycle project management, techniques of work planning, control and evaluation to achieve project goals. Course will focuses on resource allocation, and performance tracking tools allowing project managers to maximize productivity and profits by reducing waste and minimizing expenditures.
  • Sustainable Building Design - Examine the drivers and foundations of sustainable building design including integrated planning and design, life-cycle view of projects, resource selection and optimization, protection of the natural environment, elimination of toxics and pollutants, and durability and quality of the construction. Study the fundamentals and drivers of green building policies, along with current code regulations and impacts. Explore innovative design, green construction practices, and their economic feasibility. Investigate case studies and apply knowledge in a course project.
  • Life-Cycle Assessment of Building Materials - Environmental sustainability metrics and tools to qualitatively and quantitatively assess the environmental credentials accumulated during any project and/or product life-cycle. Apply theory through the use of professional software and databases that address social and environmental impacts in a course project package.

Career Outlook for Life-Cycle Facilities Management

Life-Cycle Facilities Management graduates can pursue a variety of employment opportunities in the construction management professions, such as Construction Manager, Cost Estimator, Cost Analyst, Product Life-Cycle Manager or Specialist, Fleet Life Cycle Manager or Specialist, or Building and Systems Analyst. Potential employers include general contractors, sub-contractors, projects and construction management firms, real estate developers, architectural engineering firms, manufacturing companies and technology solution companies. For more information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ pages on Construction Managers and Similar Professions.

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Photo: The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain, is an example of innovative and resilient design, built on a former site that was subject to catastrophic flooding. Here, water is the unifying element and represents sustainable development, a key factor of design, construction and operation. (Photo used with permission.)