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UMass celebrates new Design Building’s construction (Oct 22nd, 2015)

Wood structure cutaway

On Friday, October 16th, 2015, UMass campus officials, local politicians, faculty and students celebrated a belated “ground-breaking” for the new UMass Design Building. This event was covered by the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the Republican, and WWLP. UMass University Relations also produced the video shown below, in which the chancellor and the three program and department leaders elaborate on […]

Hoque Co-PI in $1M NSF grant to study intelligent building systems (Sep 16th, 2015)


Together with Co-PIs Prashant Shenoy in Computer Science and David Irwin in Electrical and Computer Engineering, BCT faculty member Simi Hoque has received a three-year, $1M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to work with Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. (HG&E) to develop smart energy services that will improve grid efficiency, encourage energy conservation and promote local […]

Crowdfunding Campaign Underway for Wood on the Plaza Project (Aug 6th, 2015)


Together with her graduate students, BCT Associate Professor Peggi Clouston is starting a crowdfunding campaign to turn the idea of a 30-foot wooden gridshell into reality. The project involves a large public art exhibition on Wood Architecture and Engineering to be held on the Plaza of the UMass Fine Arts Center. The plan is to build a […]

Building a Wood-Concrete Floor Mockup Bench (May 5th, 2015)

Ready for concrete

As part of their independent studies, two BCT students, Henry Braley and Loran Kaleci (with help from fellow student Rommel Cordova-Fiori and shop manager Dan Pepin), this semester built an 8 ft bench for Holdsworth Hall. This bench (while arguably extremely overdesigned) serves as a mockup of the wood-concrete composite floor construction that will be in the […]

(Integrated) Design Building Sustainable Design Strategies (Apr 29th, 2015)

(I)DB Sustainability Features

Ar a recent meeting, atelier ten, sustainability consultants on the (I)DB project, showed this beautiful depiction of all the sustainability features in our new building. Click on the image to view the full version. Also, as you can see above, the word “Integrated” has been dropped from its name to comply with university policies. Therefore, most […]