Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts Creates Endowment for BCT Program at UMass

Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts Creates Endowment for BCT Program at UMass

May 18, 2018 AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $100,000 gift from the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) of Wellesley, Massachusetts. The gift, also made possible through the Construction Industry Association of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, will provide support for the building and construction technology (BCT) program and its students. The BCT program is part of the department of environmental conservation in the College of Natural Sciences. AGC MA is the state’s leading commercial construction association. The gift represents the second endowment dedicated to supporting UMass Amherst’s BCT program. In addition to providing financial support for BCT’s programs, the gift will make it possible for four students a year to receive scholarships. The BCT program prepares students for careers in construction management, sustainable building systems, and building materials technology. BCT offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as continuing education programs. The program is located in the new John W. Olver Design Building, a distinctive architectural...
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Mockups Help Students Understand Building Technologies

Mockups Help Students Understand Building Technologies

June 25, 2018 Inside the John W. Olver Design Building–itself a teaching tool for builders and architects–the Building and Construction Technology program (BCT) has built eight movable, full-scale mockups of building assemblies to help students see how modern building components go together in the real world. At home in front of a class or wheeled into public view in the Olver atrium, the mockups display the complexity of roofs, walls, windows and floors, and the intricacies, sequences and attachment methods the multiple layers of these assemblies require. Current building technology, whether commercial or residential, has grown more complex under the demands of climate change and energy costs, and it is critical to understand how each component of a building’s “envelope” responds to the physics of heat, liquid water, water vapor and air. The mockups reveal each layer in cutaway with adjacent QR codes to supply more detailed information. The mockups were built by BCT lecturer L. Carl Fiocchi in collaboration with student Alexander Okscin,...
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Congratulations to BCT’s class of 2018!

Congratulations to BCT’s class of 2018!

Congratulations to our graduating students in BCT's class of 2018! We are tremendously proud of you and we wish you all the best for your 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 graduating students made it onto the picture. We also had several graduate students completing their Master’s degrees. The image below shows Katie O'Connor who completed her professional Master's degree. For more images, don’t forget to also check out our pictures from all of the commencement events on the BCT Facebook page. We also keep an archive of the graduating class pictures here....
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2017-2018 BCT Awards and Scholarships Handed Out

2017-2018 BCT Awards and Scholarships Handed Out

This afternoon at the annual ECO departmental awards picnic, we honored this year’s group of BCT award and scholarship winners. This is always an exciting part of the academic year because we can shine a light on outstanding student achievements and provide scholarship support. For the first time, we were able to award the Harry and Virginia Braconier Scholarship, which went to two students this year. The list below shows the current award winners. Congratulations to all!!! 2017-2018 BCT Awards BCT Outstanding Senior Award: Congke Li Harry and Virginia Braconier Scholarship: Tommy Jiang, Suzanna Yeung Harry L. Folsom Award from the Donald B. Hyde Memorial Scholarship Fund: James Mier, Samuel Schale, Frank Cupo, Steve Zwiren Henry E. Zottoli Memorial Scholarship: Christopher Annis, Kyle Dobosz Gallery ...
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BCT’s Spring 2018 Job Fair is Next Week

BCT’s Spring 2018 Job Fair is Next Week

The Building and Construction Technology spring job fair for jobs in construction, project management, green building, materials, building systems, and related fields is coming up on Wednesday, February 28th from 10am to 3pm. Like last time, we will be holding it in the beautiful John W. Olver Design Building. This event is free for all UMass and other students. Just dress up, bring your resumes and come! The most up-to date listing of participating companies is on our calendar entry page: https://bct.eco.umass.edu/event/bct-spring-2018-job-fair/ Like last time, this event is co-organized and heavily supported by the great folks in our NAHB student group. Looking forward to seeing you all at the job fair!  ...
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