Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Management

Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Management degree

The disaster restoration and reconstruction management concentration is an optional concentration offered as part of the building construction management degree program. The concentration will be reflected on your official academic transcript.


The goal of the disaster restoration and reconstruction management (DRRM) concentration is to prepare students to enter the disaster restoration subsector of the construction industry with enhanced skills and knowledge of typical restoration requirements, equipment, and techniques. Successful completion of the two DRRM courses will impart many skills required of entry-level professionals in the disaster recovery industry. The emphasis of the first course is breadth of exposure to new terminology, job roles, restoration techniques and special business concerns. The second course develops the subjects more deeply and integrates them to provide students with many skills essential for disaster recovery project managers. 


Upon completion of the following plan of study and the core requirements of the BCM degree program, the student receives the "Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Management Concentration" designation on their transcript. Students who choose to pursue the DRRM concentration complete the required courses of the BCM program, plus an additional six (6) credit hours of courses, which are specific to disaster recovery management. 

Interested students should note that the studies minimally include emergency response and emergency management. Also, the courses develop few concepts of pre-event hazard mitigation. The concentration teaches about contractor activities after emergency conditions have stabilized, when they can safely move into stricken regions to restore and reconstruct the built environment.

Students in this concentration may be interested in joining the Purdue chapter of the Restoration Industry Association.

Plan of Study

  • BCM 320 Introduction to Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Management (3 credit hours)
  • BCM 321 Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction Project Management (3 credit hours)

Total:   6 Credit Hours

Required DRRM Courses

Placement Data

Number of Graduates Percent of Grads Reported Placement Rate Average Salary
61 100% 93.4% $52,339

Potential Job Titles

In addition to the fees charged to all Purdue students (technology fee, repair and rehabilitation fee, student fitness and wellness fee), students in the College of Technology pay a differential general service fee of $286.00 each semester.

Full information about tuition and fees is available on the Purdue Bursar’s Office Web site.

From the U.K. to Mexico, Singapore, and China, nearly 40 study abroad programs at Purdue are open to College of Technology students. Programs range from just a few weeks to semester and year-long stays.