BCT Alumnus Profile: Irina Makucha (BS ’14)

BCT Alumnus Profile: Irina Makucha (BS ’14)

A few days ago, we met with Irina Makucha. She is a BCT alumnus who currently works as a Project Engineer at Consigli Construction. She just finished work on the UMass School of Education project at Furcolo Hall in Amherst and was very happy to show off this complex project, which involved renovating a former elementary school plus constructing an addition. Irina originally came to BCT as a transfer student from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). Here is her advice for other BCT students. "My dear fellows students, I would like to share my work experience with you: Graduating from the BCT program, I was very fortunate to join Consigli Construction company. When I won a Scholarship from PWC (Professional Women in Construction) CT Chapter, I joined a mentorship program that introduced me to this company. Consigli is a management company who puts the project together as a "quilt", piece by piece. We receive plans from the design team & buy it out, controlling the...
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Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2016!

Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2016!

Congratulations to all of our graduating students! We are tremendously proud of you all and we wish you all the best for your upcoming professional life. Of course we couldn't just take a serious photo... These group shots were taken at the CNS celebration and not all of the graduating students made it onto the picture. Don’t forget to also check out our pictures from all of the commencement events on the BCT Facebook page....
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BCT Alumnus Profile: Caroline Kmiec (BS ’14)

BCT Alumnus Profile: Caroline Kmiec (BS ’14)

   We caught up this semester with our alumnus, Caroline Kmiec, who currently works as an Assistant Project Manager at W.T. Rich Company, Inc. in Newton, MA. She shared details of her recent projects with us and provided our graduating seniors with stories "from the real world". Asked about her experience here at BCT, she shared this with us: “My name is Caroline Kmiec. I graduated from UMASS Amherst from the BCT program in December of 2014. Since then, I have been working with a Commercial General Contracting Company, W.T. Rich Co Inc. located out of Newton MA. Founded in 1968, W.T. Rich Company has over four decades of experience as a General Contractor and Construction Manager. We specialize in major renovation work, historical restoration, new builds and projects that involve unique logistical, technical or scheduling challenges. Our field and management personnel have successfully performed hundreds of projects of this nature. We focus our capabilities and resources on only those projects that best...
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Introducing Bob Hastings, BCT’s new Alumni Community Manager

Introducing Bob Hastings, BCT’s new Alumni Community Manager

We in BCT are always amazed at the wide range of jobs that our students land after graduation. And with 50-60 graduating students each year, this community of BCT alumni is certain to make an impact on the built environment through all of their great work. There is only one downside to graduation: Everyone goes their own way and after a year, even the UMass email won't work anymore. How can alumni stay in touch then? We have been pushing forward some initiatives to grow and maintain an active alumni community: We started a LinkedIn group, for example. In addition, this year we had a first combined alumni event with Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (about our new building). What we needed, however, was a dedicated BCT alumnus who preferably works in the Boston area (so that BCT alumni in greater Boston can participate a little easier). I am very happy to announce today that we have found one! Meet Bob Hastings, our new Alumni Community Manager! Bob...
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BCT/Arch/LARP Alumni Weekend event was a great success

BCT/Arch/LARP Alumni Weekend event was a great success

The combined BCT/Arch/LARP Alumni Weekend event on June 6th not only showcased the new Design Building, it also gave us a chance to reconnect with some of our successful alumni. Attendees came from Commodore Builders, Hill International, Integrity Design & Construction, and Next Step Living. The group photo above and the gallery below give some nice impressions of the event. You can find even more images on the BCT Facebook page. ...
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