The BS Program, offered through the Architecture and Facility Management Department within the College of Engineering Technology, is one of a broad array of two- and four-year programs focused on design, construction, and control of the built environment. The program has been designed as an upper division specialization for graduates of Ferris State University and community college Associate Degree Programs in Architectural Technology and related curricula. Accommodation may be made for graduates of other programs outside the construction disciplines.
The program is accredited by the International Facility Management Foundation as achieving the highest standards of the association's guidelines for formal facility management education. Also, all of the faculty currently teaching in the program are licensed architects and/or hold the IFMA Certified Facility Manager (CFM) designation.
Facility Management is a significant function within the corporate structure. As defined within the International Facility Management Association's (IFMA) official statement: It is ". . . the practice of coordinating the physical workplace with the people and the work of the organization . . . integrating the principles of business administration, architecture and the behavioral and engineering sciences."
The baccalaureate program in Facility Management at Ferris State University has been developed to meet this specification. A core of general education, business studies, building technology, and facility course work provide graduates with the skills, knowledge, and abilities for employment in the growing field of corporate facility management, as well as in related areas with consulting and service firms.
"Architectural Technology and Facility Management programs provided me with the necessary skills to be successful in my chosen career. Courses and assignments challenged me to think critically about a problem or task, make informed decisions, and work in an efficient manner; all of which are skills that employer’s desire."
NATHAN VEENEMAN, AlUMNUS
AAS IN ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY, CLASS OF 2007, BS IN FACILITY MANAGEMENT, CLASS OF 2009, FACILITY MANAGER, GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.