Cal Poly Partners with PPI to Offer Industrialized Construction Certificate Program

19 October 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department and California Center for Construction Education have teamed up with the Project Production Institute, a San Francisco-based policy group, to offer a certification program in modern construction management production concepts.

Cal Poly will host the first class, “Offsite Fabrication Done Right,” Dec. 2-3 at its Construction Innovation Center (Building No. 186). The first course is part of the Industrialized Construction Certificate Program, which is geared toward specialty contractors, general contractors, owners, construction managers, architects, engineers, and materials suppliers.

The Project Production Institute, a consortium of industry professionals and academics working to substantially improve capital project outcomes, seeks to modernize the building process to cut costs and more effectively control schedules without compromising quality and safety. The institute hosts an annual symposium that gathers leading industry and academic experts to present and discuss Project Production Management theory, research and application.

Owners and contractors are looking to modernize the construction process, a transformation that includes productization, moving work offsite, and adopting manufacturing-type production methods. Advocates say this strategy of “Industrialized Construction” can deliver significant benefits.

To enable successful deployment of Industrialized Construction, the certificate program will include modern production concepts and tools including concurrent digital engineering and design for manufacture and assembly.

The program — which has three tracks, an application course, and a capstone project — will allow participants to understand the benefits of adopting a modern construction framework and enable companies to better address the new challenges of moving work offsite through production management. Specific focuses include offsite fabrication, supply chain optimization and design for offsite fabrication.

“Understanding the science underlying project management practices such Lean and Agile will help participants achieve improved and more consistent project results,” said Paul Redden, who teaches in the Construction Management Department.

Register today for the first educational course of the Industrialized Construction Certificate Program at

About California Center for Construction Education
The California Center for Construction Education is a liaison for Cal Poly alumni, students, and industry partners to create a network of leaders in the construction industry. The CCCE is the external-facing unit of Cal Poly’s Construction Management Department and acts as a clearinghouse for industry leadership, knowledge, technology and innovation.

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About PPI

PPI works to increase the value Engineering and Construction provides to the economy and society. PPI researches and disseminates knowledge related to the application of Project Production Management (PPM) and technology for the optimization of complex and critical energy, industrial and civil infrastructure projects.

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