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Clouston and Schreyer awarded $390k NSF grant to study local CLT (Aug 18th, 2015)

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Peggi Clouston (PI) has just been awarded a $390k grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study local Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). She will share this award with co-PIs Sanjay Arwade from CEE and Alexander Schreyer, also from BCT. This grant was issued through the NSF‐CMMI-Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE) Program. The goal of the project is […]

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

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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 […]

Weil to speak on net-zero Food Coop at Green Night (Jul 5th, 2015)

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The Western Mass Green Consortium is hosting a presentation by board members of the Quabbin Harvest Food Coop on their path towards a net-zero energy operation. BCT faculty member, Ben Weil provided the hygothermal modeling and analysis that enabled them to insulate an antique structural masonry building that might have otherwise been too risky to […]

BCT banner on Design Building features our graduate students (Jun 10th, 2015)

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The BCT banner, one of three “occupant” banners now up on the construction fence for the Design Building, features prominently PhD student Hamid Kaboli, M.Arch. student Albert Sanchez, and Associate Professor Peggi Clouston – all deeply engrossed in their work on a timber gridshell. You can also see a nice rendering that shows what the interior […]

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

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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 […]