Olver Design Building and LWA Receive 2020 AIA COTE Top Ten Award

Olver Design Building and LWA Receive 2020 AIA COTE Top Ten Award

Boston, MA – May 21, 2020 – Conferred by the AIA Committee on the Environment, the COTE® Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known award program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, ten innovative projects are recognized for their integration of design excellence with environmental performance.*  Bringing together the previously dispersed departments of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Architecture, and Building and Construction Technology programs, the John W. Olver Design Building is a dynamic space of exchange, collaboration, and experiment, celebrating a shared commitment to sustainability. The first, and at the time, the largest, cross-laminated timber (CLT) academic structure in the US, the LEED Gold project demonstrates emerging technologies of mass timber as a renewable construction resource with economic and aesthetic advantages. The building’s integrated sustainability maximizes passive design impact, and engineering solutions minimize its operational energy use. Its timber structure reduces embodied energy, and the building envelope is highly-efficient, with mechanical equipment zoned for maximum efficacy. Radiant flooring and chilled beams also provide savings. Glazing and skylights maximize...
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Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2020!

Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2020!

Congratulations to our graduating seniors in BCT’s class of 2020! We are tremendously proud of them all and we wish them all the best for their upcoming professional lives. They may be entering a changed work world, but they are well prepared for it. All the best from the BCT faculty! Everyone in BCT’s class of 2020 is now part of the ever-growing BCT Alumni community! Due to the current situation, we weren't able to take our traditional group photo at the CNS celebration (or hold our traditional CNS and departmental receptions and celebrations). Instead, we asked for portraits, which we arranged in the image shown above. However, despite a large graduating class of over 60 students, not all students were able to send us something. We will hopefully have another chance when campus reopens and UMass holds an in-person commencement (tentatively envisioned for fall). In the meantime, this image will join our other graduating class pictures here. We also had ten graduate...
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2019-2020 BCT Awards and Scholarships

2019-2020 BCT Awards and Scholarships

Reading Day is traditionally when where we honor the current year’s group of BCT award and scholarship recipients at the annual ECO departmental awards picnic. This is always an exciting part of the academic year because we can shine a light on outstanding student achievements and provide scholarship support. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we weren't able to hold the picnic this year. But that doesn't stop us from handing out the awards. We may even be able to reschedule our awards celebration for sometime during the fall (TBA at a later date). The list below shows the current award and scholarship winners. Congratulations to all of them!!! 2019-2020 BCT Awards and Scholarships BCT Outstanding Senior Award Daniel Dimitrov Associated General Contractors of Western Massachusetts: Building and Construction Technology Endowment Hunter Apteker Hayden Cantoni Tyler Cerrone Chase Phenegar Building and Construction Technology Alumni Scholarship for Academic Merit Tyler Cerrone Antin Lam Building and Construction Technology Alumni Scholarship for Leadership Robson Stewart Harry L. Folsom Award from the Donald B. Hyde Memorial Scholarship Fund Nour Assaf Harry and Virginia...
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Two NE Tree Species Can Be Used in New Sustainable Building Material

Two NE Tree Species Can Be Used in New Sustainable Building Material

UMass Amherst study tested strength of mass timber panels created from eastern white pine and eastern hemlock February 27, 2020 Contact: Peggi Clouston AMHERST, Mass. – Two tree species native to the Northeast have been found to be structurally sound for use in cross-laminated timber (CLT) – a revolutionary new type of building material with sought-after sustainability characteristics, according to research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst timber engineer. The findings, published in the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, suggest that these trees – the eastern hemlock and eastern white pine – could support local markets for CLT. The manufacturing of CLT, a type of mass timber used for wall, floor and roof construction, could create jobs, improve rural and forestry economies and support better forestry management, which is a strategy to address climate change, the research says. “This is the future – prefabricated, panelized wood,” says lead author Peggi Clouston, professor of wood mechanics and timber engineering in the School of Earth and...
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BCT student team participates in NAHB competition and Leah Cicalis receives NAHB Outstanding Student Award

BCT student team participates in NAHB competition and Leah Cicalis receives NAHB Outstanding Student Award

As in years past, BCT sent a team of students to participate in the NAHB Student Residential Construction Management Competition, which is a part of the International Builders' Show (IBS), held in Las Vegas, NV. After a semester of preparation, the students presented their project proposal, which this year landed them a spot in the top 20 (19th place to be exact)! We all congratulate them on a job well done! BCT also recognizes the supporting efforts of the group's faculty sponsor, Dr. Ho-Sung Kim, and the local NAHB affiliate group, the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts, including our alumnus Zach Kushner. Outstanding Student Award Goes to Leah Cicalis We are also proud to be able to announce that one member of that team, Leah Cicalis, a senior in the BCT program, was awarded the NAHB Outstanding Student Award 2020. This rewards her efforts in the student group as highlighted by the award description, included below: "This exciting award recognizes student...
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