THE Project 2019 Scenario

THE Project 2019 Scenario: Building Renovation for Your University’s New School of Project Management


President Smith, your university president, has announced during the Fall 2018 opening address that she has established a new school of Project Management that will confer Bachelor and Master degrees in Project Management. Classes will begin on August 17, 2020. The program curriculum will have three areas of emphasis for project management study: information technology and software project management, construction project management, and general project management.

The dean of arts and sciences and the newly hired director for the school of project management have based the school’s curriculum on the Project Management Institute’s Academic Group’s three-volume set of curriculum guidelines, which are developed by project management university faculty from around the world (

President Smith also announced that an anonymous local donor has agreed to donate $10 million to your university to renovate an existing building on its campus to house the new school of project management’s classrooms, labs, collaboration spaces, and offices. Due to the timeline, new construction is not a possibility. The donor requires that the building renovation employs Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards.  LEED standards provide a framework for building a holistic, green building that is healthy, resource-efficient, cost-effective, and enhances the lives and experiences of everyone who walks through its doors.

The renovated building must be completely operational and ready for students, faculty, and staff to begin their work by August 17, 2020.

Project Sponsors

  • Executive sponsors: The anonymous donor and the university president.

    • Both of these stakeholders encourage your team to seek the advice of your university’s facilities management department. They could help your team identify a building to renovate into a LEED certified building for the new school of project management and could also provide expert advice on past building renovations they have managed at your university.

LEED Primer

  • A concise LEED Primer document accompanies this scenario. The primer document introduces USGBC, the governing body behind LEED, and defines a LEED-certified building project.  The LEED Primer will help your team define what your renovation deliverables mean and how to score them within LEED standards.

Main Requirements

  • Identify a building on your university’s campus to renovate as the home of its new school of project management.

  • Provide a project plan for a LEED-certified renovation that has the renovated building operational and ready for use on or before August 17, 2020.

  • The project plan and its supporting documentation must be developed in accordance with the Initiating and Planning process groups detailed in the 6th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

  • Provide supporting documentation for all deliverable submissions. Be thorough!