HRT 411: Landscape Contract Management

Instructors

  • Dr. Brad Rowe (lead)
    1066 Bogue St, Room A212
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    (517) 353-0334
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Credits and Offerings

  • 3 credits (2 lecture and 2 lab hours every week)
  • Fall semester of every year

Course objectives

  1. Become familiar with landscape construction materials and techniques.
  2. Develop an understanding of project estimating and bidding procedures.
  3. Develop an understanding of the legal aspects of contracts, construction bonds, insurance, and ways of structuring a business.

Topics

  • Protecting plant material during construction
  • Site preparation and surveying
  • Stormwater runoff, drainage, and erosion control
  • Landscape paving
  • Retaining walls
  • Water features – Fountains and ponds
  • Estimating construction costs
  • Estimating maintenance costs
  • Project documents and contracts
  • Bonds and insurance
  • Bid proposals and procedures
  • Business structure/Starting a business
  • Professional organizations/Certifications
  • Future trends and opportunities

Activities

  • Surveying
  • Constructing paver patios
  • Constructing retaining walls
  • Construction estimating
  • Maintenance estimating