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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NAHB students participate in 2015 Residential Construction Management Competition

NAHB students participate in 2015 Residential Construction Management Competition

This January the UMass Student Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders once again competed in the NAHB's Residential Construction Management Competition. Last year was the team's first year competing and they took home "Rookie of the Year". This year, the team was led by returning members, President Frank Kelly, Vice President John Yip and Secretary Evan Miamis. Each student chapter was to act as a Construction Company with a fully developed proposal that they would present to a panel of investors. The site of the competition this year was a 40 acre site in Lebanon Tennessee that is part of a larger development called Hamilton Springs. Their company was once again Minuteman Construction and their development was named Cedar City Complex and consisted of mix residential and commercial unit that were geared towards generation Y. Their proposal was over 120 pages and they had to present their proposal to the panel of judges in Las Vegas during the International Builders Show. The...
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