Ted Sheridan and UMass alumnus Greg Orwat present their passive house projects

Ted Sheridan and UMass alumnus Greg Orwat present their passive house projects

For millenniums Architects have been designing beautiful geometries enhancing our public realm. For perhaps 50 years, to different degrees, Architects have been designing buildings that perform more and more efficiently, reducing both our climate impact and our energy costs. Marrying the two strategies is not an easy task. Ted Sheridan, AIA, and Gregory Orwat (UMass Architecture Graduate) from Ryall Sheridan Architects presented a fabulous group of projects extracted from their firm’s portfolio; each demonstrating the real possibility of achieving the elegance of sophisticated architecture and the rigors of Passive House Standard within one geometry. Synopsis: Tectonic Extremes of Passive House Design. Passive House design offers a radically efficient means for reducing the energy use of buildings of all types but it tends to constrain architectural form making. This does not need to be the case; with careful design considerations and use of advanced performance materials, architectural design can be spatially ambitious and articulated. Links: Presentation Slides 'An experiment unlike any other': Father-son duo build first house of...
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Alumni & Friends: Join BCT at ABX / Greenbuild on 11/9

Alumni & Friends: Join BCT at ABX / Greenbuild on 11/9

Together with our friends in the Department of Architecture, the Building and Construction Technology program at UMass Amherst is organizing a joint alumni and friends get-together at the upcoming ABX and Greenbuild conference in Boston, MA. If you are a BCT or BMATWT alumnus (or just would like to say hi), drop by session SW11 on Thursday, 11/9 from 6pm to 8pm. We will have light snacks and there will be an opportunity to view a livecast of Bill Clinton's plenary session. Register for this event during the signup process for ABX/Greenbuild or simply show up! This reception is free but you will have to register (and pay) for ABX/Greenbuild) Hope to see you there... http://abexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/AlumniEvents  ...
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Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2017!

Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2017!

Congratulations to all of our graduating students in BCT! We are tremendously proud of them and we wish them all the best for their upcoming professional life. As in years past, we couldn't only take a serious photo, of course… Please note: These group shots were taken at the CNS celebration and unfortunately not all of the students made it onto the picture. We also had several graduate students completing their doctorates and Master's degrees. Carl, Nariman, and Chris can be seen in the following photos, which also feature a cameo from former BCT faculty, Simi Hoque. For more, 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: 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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