Construction management

Hudson County Community College construction management students complete construction work in historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery


Students, faculty and staff from the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Construction Management Program began a maintenance project in historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery on Sunday, November 21.

Located at 435 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery was established in 1829, although its historical significance dates back to the 1700s. The scene of the Revolutionary War skirmishes, an active ammunition bunker of The War of 1812 still stands on the six-acre site which is the final resting place of some of Jersey City’s founders, early leaders, residents and soldiers of the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the Spanish-American War and world wars I and II.

Although Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery were abandoned and long neglected, volunteers from the area began work in 2008 to revitalize and preserve the grounds, the gatehouse and historic monuments.

“This project demonstrates the College’s commitment to our community and to the preservation of our heritage monuments,” said HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber. “The project is being conducted as an experiential education / service learning component of the $ 300,000 ‘New to Advanced Technical Education’ grant awarded to the College by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant supports community partnerships and career opportunities that lead to a better educated and skilled workforce for businesses in the region.

Dr Azhar Mahmood, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the HCCC Construction Management Program, leads the HCCC team of 20 students and three faculty members – Professors Khan Khursheed, Javaid Raja and Hala Shahida. The HCCC team works with cemetery management, inspects the site, performs basic clean-up and preparatory functions, and estimates what is needed to restore damaged parts of the cemetery. Students are exposed to hands-on fieldwork and apply skills learned in the classroom by creating a formal report of their fieldwork.

Construction management is the planning, coordination and construction of a project from concept to completion. The HCCC Associate of Applied Science degree program trains students to coordinate and supervise all phases of modern construction, including all types of public, residential, commercial and industrial structures, as well as roads, memorials and bridges. Students are exposed to new construction methods, protocols, materials, testing procedures, cost estimation and management principles. The HCCC Construction Management Diploma program also provides students with internship opportunities for hands-on experiences.

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