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Rick Cherf

Rick Cherf

Associate Professor (Career Track)  Interim Program Head, Construction Management 509-335-7458 EME 202D PO Box 642220

Rick W. Cherf is an Associate Professor (Career Track) selected for the construction industry sponsored A. Don Poe faculty position in the Construction Management program. As principal of Total Construction Services Incorporated, he also provides consulting services to owners, architects, engineers and contractors in the industry. His area of expertise is in pre-construction services, program management, project management and strategic planning. Cherf has more than 30 years of experience in the design, construction, maintenance, and commissioning phases of major facilities throughout North and South America. From pipe-layer to carpenter; heavy equipment operator to project manager; and program manager to executive vice-president of a publicly-held service company, Cherf has extensive experience in the development, management and construction of major public and private projects in the commercial, residential, industrial, infrastructure and heavy/civil arenas.

Professor Cherf also has broad experience in directing major construction programs, projects and project teams. In 2013 Rick also began teaching in the Engineering Management and Technology Online Graduate Program in Construction Management. He developed the Construction Management Specialization Program for the College of Engineering. Cherf’ s teaching responsibilities in construction management include topics such as BIM implementation, planning, scheduling, program/facilities management, project management, construction methods, construction productivity, project controls, specifications, contracts, leadership and organizational management.


Master of Science in Engineering Management, Washington State University.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Construction Technology, University of Washington.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Labor Relations, University of Washington.