BCT Lecture: Affordable High Performance Construction and the COVID Era

BCT Lecture: Affordable High Performance Construction and the COVID Era

Seth Lawrence-Slavas, BCT Alumnus & President and Principal at Wright Builders Inc. will present this lecture. Monday February 7th, 4-5:15 pm, Olver Design Building Room 170 or via Zoom. The COVID era is with us to stay. As material prices soar, labor availability plummets and shipping delays cause mass chaos in the building world, the need to provide affordable, safe, energy efficient housing remains.  Mr. Lawrence-Slavas will explore the unexpected and expected consequences of the virus to affordable project development, estimating, and physical construction. This lecture brings tangible examples of success and failure for an honest look at what it means to be building in this climate. umass.science/bctlectures ...
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Fidele Mazimpaka Presents on the Campus’ Building Automation Systems

Fidele Mazimpaka Presents on the Campus’ Building Automation Systems

Fidele Mazimpaka, the UMass Amherst Campus Energy Engineer, presented the final lecture of the Fall 2021 semester.  Overall building performance can significantly be improved through continuous monitoring and adjustment of operating parameters through building automation system (BAS). Parameters are automatically adjusted based on weather, occupancy, changes in condition and building loads. Programs in the BAS use inputs from multiple sensors on the equipment and in the buildings to constantly adapt the equipment operation to actual space conditions. The lecture presented an overview of how BAS is used in building operations and how it can be tied to other systems for alerting and reporting purposes.  https://youtu.be/2vmo5TizmL0 Links UMass Facilities & Campus Services ...
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Presentation on the Rise of Women in Construction

Presentation on the Rise of Women in Construction

UMass's Director of Design and Construction Management, Carolina Cudemus-Jones, along with two high-profile colleagues (Denise Berger, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, AECOM and Joanna Kripp, Operations Manager, Gilbane Building Company) presented a lecture on women in the construction fields.  The percentage of women in construction hovers between 9 to 10% across the industry, in the field only 3%.  The industry is changing – not only the number of women in the field, design, engineering  and construction management is increasing, the industry now recognizes that women bring an additional layer of diversity, experience and management style that have innovated and energized an industry known for its traditional male dominance. Construction in general is experiencing shortages in skilled knowledge across the disciplines and women have become now the future of the industry at all levels. https://youtu.be/FAAq-hsVkb8 Links Design and Construction Management at UMass Amherst AECOM Gilbane Building Company ...
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Peter Pinchot Presents on Climate Smart Forests and Green Construction

Peter Pinchot Presents on Climate Smart Forests and Green Construction

Peter Pinchot, Co-Founder and CEO of Whole Forest gave a talk titled, "Climate Smart Forests and Green Construction: Designing with Biogenic Carbon to Achieve Climate Positive Structures". Whole Forest, based in Ecuador, presents a model of sustainable forestry, community partnership and the creation of wood products that support rainforest conservation. https://youtu.be/231wSv44j34   Links Whole Forest...
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