M.S. in Construction Management
Alumna, Class of 2011
As a paralegal, Lucy Ulmer brought her background in construction litigation to the M.S. in Construction Management program at the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate. "I was probably the only student with legal experience," she affirms. "My classmates included architects, project managers, engineers, and people from real estate acquisition firms. It was wonderful having professionals who added a broad range of perspectives to the classroom discussion."
Ulmer took evening and weekend classes while continuing to work for a New York law firm. "I liked the fact that the program included both a technical and business focus," she notes. "I learned to estimate steel and concrete costs, completed safety tours of construction sites, and learned how to work with an architect. In addition, I acquired an understanding of how to finance a property purchase and manage a business."
Sparked by a course in community development, Ulmer chose a concentration in construction management for the development process, which included a capstone project planning the development of a commercial building in lower Manhattan. She also served as a student representative for the Construction Management Association of America and participated in a weekly seminar in which real estate developers discussed their projects.
Ulmer is now working in a newly created position at her firm, that combines litigation and claims analysis. "The Schack Institute of Real Estate program was a fantastic experience,” she declares. “I’d recommend it to anyone."