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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UMass RCMC Team Takes 11th Place at International Builders Show

UMass RCMC Team Takes 11th Place at International Builders Show

BCT's National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) student chapter worked relentlessly through the 2017 Fall semester on their submission of the Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC) proposal. The 26-student team broke top 11 out of 35 schools in this national competition, after presenting their project at the International Builders Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL. Each year, the NAHB holds the RCMC competition, in which 2-year and 4-year college teams are given an open-ended problem statement that serves the basis of their proposal and presentation at the International Builders Show. This year’s problem statement offered a 7-lot site in Okemos, MI of which teams had to develop and assess the feasible profitability. The team decided to develop 151 houses and declared that the project would ultimately be profitable. The proposal included sections on market analysis, sales, project management, sustainability, design, finance, and estimating. The UMass team consisted of architecture, BCT, civil, real estate, and marketing majors, and each student brought unique strengths to...
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