Shaw Hall @ Mount Ida Campus (Image: John Solem, UMass)

BCT at Mount Ida Campus

Study in BCT at UMass, the leading education and research program in sustainable construction and building technology in Massachusetts.

Established as a center for student-focused experiential learning and a hub of research-industry collaboration, UMass’ Mount Ida Campus offers a wealth of opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students as they engage in their academic pursuits and prepare for meaningful and rewarding careers.

Located in Newton, adjacent to the Newton-Needham Innovation District, and the tech-focused Route 128 corridor, the campus is growing its career development programs with expanding access to internships and co-ops in the thriving Greater Boston area.

Programs and Courses

BCT is in the early stages of offering courses and academic programs on the Mount Ida campus. At this point (Spring Term 2019), we offer individual, for-credit continuing education (CPE) courses. Those can be taken as standalone courses or as (e.g. part-time) work towards an undergraduate or graduate degree (e.g. our MS in Sustainable Building Systems).

Courses Offered

Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process (BCT 597N)

Legal issues arising from design and construction services, with a practical focus on risk management and liability awareness. Topical areas include basic legal doctrines, contract documents, contract administration, liens & bonds, claims, professional liability, human resources, legal evidence & recordkeeping, and dispute resolution. The course will also touch on the special legal challenges presented by technological, scientific, and cultural developments including sustainability, BIM/VDC, mass timber, automation, and climate change.

Instructor: Steven J. O’Neill, Esq.

Bio: More than 26 years of business law, construction law and complex litigation experience with a technical focus on electronic discovery issues (eDiscovery), information governance, and emerging technology law. Appointed to Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in 2006 and reappointed in 2009 and 2012. Admitted to practice before state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Connecticut (Washington inactive).

Spring Term | Thu, 5:30 – 8:30 pm | 3 Credits | Continuing Education

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High Performance Building: Issues and Perspectives (BCT 597Q)

This course examines high-performance and green building from technical, social, financial, and historical perspectives. Topics covered integrate building science, indoor environmental quality, innovative finance, and public- and private-sector programs. Emphasis will be placed on collaborative approaches to solve challenges in design, specification, construction, operation, renovating, and financing.

Instructor: Peter Yost, LEED AP

Bio: Peter Yost is the sole proprietor of Building-Wright, a consulting/training/research/technical writing company based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Peter has been working on high performance buildings for more than 30 years. His expertise ranges from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency, building science, and building durability. Peter is currently Technical Director for, Adjunct Faculty with the University of Massachusetts’ Building and Construction Technology program, and a Lecturer at Yale’s Graduate School for Forestry and Environmental Studies. Peter holds a credential for Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECxP: University of Wisconsin – Madison). Peter is also—and proudly—a certified WingNut.

Spring Term | Mon, 5:30 – 8:30 pm | 3 Credits | Continuing Education

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Where is the Mount Ida Campus?

This full-service campus is located in Newton, MA and is easily reachable by car (ample parking provided) and public transit (via shuttle from nearby T-stops).

Links: Google Maps