The Department of Building Technology came into being when the School of Architecture, Planning and Building was renamed Faculty of Architecture in 1961. It had since been a department in the Faculty, which later became the Faculty of Environmental and Development Studies in 1988. With the restructuring of the University into the collegiate system, the department became part of the Faculty of Architecture and Building Technology within the College of Architecture and Planning. In 2007, the BSc Building Technology programme was restructured to award two degrees namely, BSc Construction Technology and Management and BSc Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics. With further restructuring of the Collegiate system in 2010, the Faculty of Architecture and Building Technology was abolished and the Department became one of the four academic Departments under the two tier College of Architecture and Planning. Currently there is an adoption of the three tier system under the new College of Art and Built Environment which was formally Architecture and Planning. The department is now under the Faculty of Built Environment.
The department of Building Technology is a department under the new Faculty of Built Environment. The Programmes offered include the two undergraduate programmes and three graduate programmes, MSc. Construction Management, MSc Procurement Management, MPhil. Construction Management, MPhil Procurement Management, and PhD. Building Technology. Facilities available to ensure effective teaching of these programmes include a well-furnished Computer Laboratory, Materials Development and Testing Laboratory, Carpentry and Joinery Workshop, Lecture rooms equipped with LCDs and overhead projectors. The department is affiliated to some professional bodies including Ghana Institute of Surveyors and Ghana Institute of Construction. The turn-out rate for both BSc. programmes is about two hundred per year with that for MSc. Construction Management being thirty per year and that for MPhil being ten per year.
The programme was designed to enable its products work in quantity surveying firms, building contracting organisations, research institutions and structural engineering organisations. To enable the programme cope with the requirements of the aforementioned institutions, it became necessary to
increasingly load it with courses of relevance to each of the institutions. This resulted in the overburdening of students with courses that sometimes became irrelevant in their professional careers.
The construction industry is changing and has also become very specialized both in terms of the technology, management techniques and materials used now vis a vis those of the late 1960s and early 1970s, culminating in the need to train students in the new and emerging construction technologies and management techniques of construction resources. This called for the need to mount the new programme.
The Department of Building Technology has also been under considerable pressure from the end the Ghana Institute of Construction to mount a programme that would directly cater for its needs in construction technology and management.