Students (undergraduate and graduate) in Building and Construction Technology have access to many facilities and resources on campus. The list below gives an overview:
- Our main classroom is ODB 162, an 80-seat room with state of the art A/V capabilities and ECHO360 lecture recording features. We also frequently use many of the smaller classrooms and seminar rooms in the Design Building).
- The Design Building houses two computing laboratories (ODB 260 and ODB 235). All lab computers and most of the campus’ IT classroom computers have discipline-relevant software installed (CAD/BIM, structural design, estimating, energy modeling etc.), which can be used in classes or for research. Printing (b/w and color) and plotting is also available in ODB 260A. You can find an overview of available software here.
- BCT students have a dedicated student lounge space on the second floor that overlooks the central Design Building Commons. It provides a dedicated location for individual computer work, meetings, and rest between classes.
- In addition to the resources available through the central UMass library system, we also maintain current collections of field-relevant peer-reviewed scientific and trade journals, texts and research proceedings, which are available to faculty and graduate students in our student lounge and by demand.
- Other resources in the Design Building include a wood shop and digital fabrication center, which we share with the other departments in the Design Building (Architecture as well as Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning). Through our home Department of Environmental Conservation, we also have access to shop resources in Holdsworth Hall. For more on the ECO labs, visit the ECO site.
- BCT is home to three state of the art research labs as well, which frequently are also used for teaching in our classes:
- Wood Mechanics Laboratory – A high-head, mechanics testing lab where we fabricate and test structural components and building materials.
- Building Science Laboratory – A flexible lab for building science and building energy use and performance investigations.
- Trimble Technology Lab – A software- and advanced surveying equipment-based technology lab, established through a gift from Trimble