BCT Alumnus Profile: Chris Therrien (MS ’17 and BS ’16)

BCT Alumnus Profile: Chris Therrien (MS ’17 and BS ’16)

After graduating from the BCT undergraduate major, Chris Therrien pursued our Professional Master's program in Building Systems and is now a Project Engineer with Suffolk Construction. He recently sent us some pictures from his job sites and provided insights about his work. Read below what Chris had to say about his experience at UMass: "My name is Chris Therrien, and I am a structural assistant project manager for Suffolk Construction at the One Dalton tower in Boston. This project is a 62 story high-rise that will house a Four Seasons hotel, and the most expensive residential real estate in Boston. Working on such a fast-paced and intricate project, with a world class design team and general contractor is challenging and demanding. The BCT Professional Master’s program helped elevate my education to a level that enables me to work in this type of scenario. Continuing into this program after my undergraduate BCT degree provided me with a more in-depth understanding of how a building...
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Congratulations to BCT’s class of 2018!

Congratulations to BCT’s class of 2018!

Congratulations to our graduating students in BCT's class of 2018! We are tremendously proud of you and we wish you all the best for your upcoming professional life. As in years past, we couldn’t only take a serious photo, of course… Please note: These group shots were taken at the CNS celebration and unfortunately not all of the graduating students made it onto the picture. We also had several graduate students completing their Master’s degrees. The image below shows Katie O'Connor who completed her professional Master's degree. For more images, don’t forget to also check out our pictures from all of the commencement events on the BCT Facebook page. We also keep an archive of the graduating class pictures here....
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Ted Sheridan and UMass alumnus Greg Orwat present their passive house projects

Ted Sheridan and UMass alumnus Greg Orwat present their passive house projects

For millenniums Architects have been designing beautiful geometries enhancing our public realm. For perhaps 50 years, to different degrees, Architects have been designing buildings that perform more and more efficiently, reducing both our climate impact and our energy costs. Marrying the two strategies is not an easy task. Ted Sheridan, AIA, and Gregory Orwat (UMass Architecture Graduate) from Ryall Sheridan Architects presented a fabulous group of projects extracted from their firm’s portfolio; each demonstrating the real possibility of achieving the elegance of sophisticated architecture and the rigors of Passive House Standard within one geometry. Synopsis: Tectonic Extremes of Passive House Design. Passive House design offers a radically efficient means for reducing the energy use of buildings of all types but it tends to constrain architectural form making. This does not need to be the case; with careful design considerations and use of advanced performance materials, architectural design can be spatially ambitious and articulated. Links: Presentation Slides 'An experiment unlike any other': Father-son duo build first house of...
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Alumni & Friends: Join BCT at ABX / Greenbuild on 11/9

Alumni & Friends: Join BCT at ABX / Greenbuild on 11/9

Together with our friends in the Department of Architecture, the Building and Construction Technology program at UMass Amherst is organizing a joint alumni and friends get-together at the upcoming ABX and Greenbuild conference in Boston, MA. If you are a BCT or BMATWT alumnus (or just would like to say hi), drop by session SW11 on Thursday, 11/9 from 6pm to 8pm. We will have light snacks and there will be an opportunity to view a livecast of Bill Clinton's plenary session. Register for this event during the signup process for ABX/Greenbuild or simply show up! This reception is free but you will have to register (and pay) for ABX/Greenbuild) Hope to see you there... http://abexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/AlumniEvents  ...
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Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2017!

Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2017!

Congratulations to all of our graduating students in BCT! We are tremendously proud of them and we wish them all the best for their upcoming professional life. As in years past, we couldn't only take a serious photo, of course… Please note: These group shots were taken at the CNS celebration and unfortunately not all of the students made it onto the picture. We also had several graduate students completing their doctorates and Master's degrees. Carl, Nariman, and Chris can be seen in the following photos, which also feature a cameo from former BCT faculty, Simi Hoque. For more, don’t forget to also check out our pictures from all of the commencement events on the BCT Facebook page....
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