Course Description

Before you begin major construction or a renovation project, gain essential knowledge and expert insights to ensure a successful, stress-free experience. Learn about building budgets, reviewing contracts with building professionals, permits, inspections, and other aspects of construction projects.

Course Outline

  • Construction processes: trades and craftsmanship, subcontracting and suppliers and critical path scheduling
  • Architectural concept and design in terms of the impact plans, specifications and selections schedules have on budget
  • Estimating
  • Bidding
  • Budgeting
  • Cost control
  • AIA documentation: A-105, A-141 and B-105
  • Contract law principles: basic introduction to offer/acceptance, consideration, statute of fraud and privity of contract 
  • Interpersonal obligations among and between owners relating to HOA bylaws and deed restrictions 
  • Municipal authority over building codes and permitting, and zoning ordinances
  • Texas construction law with regard to mechanics liens and lien waivers
Topics excluded: finance, business entities, real estate industry, insurance, land development.


  • Online registration closes at 6 p.m. one day before the start of the class, unless noted on individual sections.
  • Late registration is welcome! Please contact SMU CAPE at 214-768-2273 for assistance.

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