BCT banner on Design Building features our graduate students

BCT banner on Design Building features our graduate students

The BCT banner, one of three "occupant" banners now up on the construction fence for the Design Building, features prominently PhD student Hamid Kaboli, M.Arch. student Albert Sanchez, and Associate Professor Peggi Clouston - all deeply engrossed in their work on a timber gridshell. You can also see a nice rendering that shows what the interior atrium will look like....
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Article in Hampshire Gazette features wood-concrete bench

Article in Hampshire Gazette features wood-concrete bench

An article in this Monday's Business section of the Daily Hampshire Gazette described the Design Building project at UMass. It also featured prominently our student-built floor mockup bench that now adorns Holdsworth Hall. You can read the complete article here: http://goo.gl/2h16Su...
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Building a Wood-Concrete Floor Mockup Bench

Building a Wood-Concrete Floor Mockup Bench

As part of their independent studies, two BCT students, Henry Braley and Loran Kaleci (with help from fellow student Rommel Cordova-Fiori and shop manager Dan Pepin), this semester built an 8 ft bench for Holdsworth Hall. This bench (while arguably extremely overdesigned) serves as a mockup of the wood-concrete composite floor construction that will be in the new (Integrated) Design Building. As shown in the diagram below, it consists of a three-layer cross-laminated timber (CLT) slab, which we generously received from Nordic EWP (thanks!). Above it is a 3/4 inch layer of rigid insulation and a 3 inch cast-in-place concrete topping. The concrete and the wood layers are connected rigidly with glued-in shear "HBV" connectors by TiComTec from Germany (thanks for those, too!), making both act as a single composite element. If you want to learn more about this technology, check out this research spotlight. BCT has been researching this technology for quite a while now and we are excited to see it in a real building on campus soon. The floors...
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BCT Students Revitalize Springfield

As part of a day of volunteering with Revitalize CDC in the Old Hill neighborhood of Springfield, MA, BCT students helped make homes more energy efficient.In the words of Zachary Kushner, co-president of the NAHB student group at UMass Amherst: “It's always nice to do community service projects ... but its also good for team bonding and we can all work together and accomplish the same goal. And at the end of the day, we can look back at the work we did and you know its a good feeling.” You can watch the entire video of the WGGB report below: Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM   The NAHB student group also has photos of the event on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.969283853111319.1073741834.746049955434711&type=1...
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Team UMass @ ARCC 2015

Team UMass @ ARCC 2015

A picture of the happy UMass team at the ARCC 2015 conference on the "Future of Architectural Research" in Chicago, which took place last week. Left to right: Caryn Brause (Architecture Faculty), Carl Fiocchi (BCT PhD student), Troy Peters (BCT/Arch PhD student), Ajla Aksamiya (Adjunct BCT Faculty), Ray Mann (Architecture Faculty), Simi Hoque (BCT Faculty), Somayeh Tabatabaee (BCT PhD student)....
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