For BCT (and BMATWT) Alumni
Welcome back to the BCT website! Now that you are enjoying your professional life, stay in touch with former classmates, and grow your professional network using the various alumni lists and groups that we are maintaining. You are also very much invited to attend any of the public and alumni-only events that our program organizes every year. Examples are:
- Red Sox games
- After-work and after-conference get-togethers (e.g. at ABX and NESEA BuildingEnergy)
- BCT Job Fair get-togethers
- And more…
For over two decades, Dan McNichol was the spokesperson for the largest, most complex highway construction project ever embarked upon in U.S. history: Boston’s Big Dig. McNichol will discuss the management of this mega-public works project, officially known as the Central Artery/Tunnel Project , sharing lessons learned as well as describing the civil engineering feats of innovative tunnel designs, the creation of one of the world’s largest ventilation systems, and the construction of a cable stayed bridge over the Charles River in Boston.
This lecture is cosponsored by the departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning.
Wesley Stanhope, CEM EBCP CCP CPHC, Founder & CEO
Wes has over fifteen years of leadership experience in the built environment on both sides of the Atlantic, working in USA, Ireland, and UK with construction, facility conditions assessments, energy management, and commissioning projects. Wes is responsible for developing and implementing Building Evolutions vision, mission and philosophy. Wes is both active in the long-term planning and operations of the company, as well as day to day operations.
As principal of Stanhope Developments he brought over 370 commercial and residential construction projects from proposal through to design and completion in Ireland and UK. After returning to USA, Wes managed the energy auditing and retro-commissioning of over 23 million square feet of US Federal Facilities. Wes also has extensive experience managing and implementing assessments and commissioning of large scale private universities, commercial properties, state facilities, non-profits, and large multifamily developments.
Wes is also an Adjunct Faculty at Mount Wachusett Community College and Boston Architectural College.
When Wes is not in the office or commissioning a building, he is typically spending time with family and friends, coaching youth soccer, visiting family in Ireland, traveling, or taking a ride on one of his motorcycles.
William Maclay, Founding Principal of Maclay Architects, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Bill is an innovator, leader, speaker, and advocate for ecological design and renewably powered buildings, communities, and planet. For nearly fifty years, Bill brings commitment, expertise, and experience in working with others to create healthy, productive, regenerative, and beautiful places for the benefit of people and living systems. Bill combines his passion to create inspiring and innovative buildings with a passion for exploring design that embodies the purpose and vision of others.
In particular, Bill’s focus is on exploring and collaborating with clients, our team and stakeholders to create a better future for all. He looks to make each project a model for what is possible, now and moving forward in small, but significant steps.
Bill has created many significant model projects including NRG Systems, the Aiken Building at UVM, the Bennington State Courthouse and Offices, and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. While these may be the most recognizable models, we see every project at every scale, budget, and aspiration, as a model project—an opportunity to demonstrate the best future we can offer—to find new ways to create a future that is productive, satisfying, healthy, empowering, and inspiring.
Bill has served on numerous boards, including the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Yestermorrow Design Build School, AIA VT as president, and local planning boards. Bill and Maclay Architects have received much recognition with certifications, awards, speaking, writing, videos, and Fellowship in the AIA. He is grateful and indebted to the many collaborators he has been fortunate enough to work with—including, clients, members of his office team, consultants, builders, fellow leaders in ecological design, and the large community of people who are working for a better world and future.
Bill lives in Warren with his wife and occasional visits of his two sons. He enjoys biking, cross country skiing, and experiencing the wonder, beauty, and ebb and flow of environment and nature in Vermont and on Cape Cod.
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Stay In Touch!
You can network with other BCT alumni and receive our program news and updates using any of the following links. Our tip: Add yourself at least to the alumni email list and the Facebook group.
BCT’s (alumni) email list (for news and events). Register with a non-UMass, non-work email (e.g. a personal Gmail address) and select at least “Alumni News” as interest.
Job email list (for job offers). You can keep receiving our forwarded job offers with this list.
Facebook BCT Alumni Group (for discussions, events, and photos).
Facebook Page (for news, photos, and public discussions).
LinkedIn BCT Alumni Group (for discussions and jobs). This connects your LinkedIn profile to us.
You can also contact one of our BCT Alumni Community Managers. These amazing folks are active in our alumni community and are organizing the above-mentioned get-togethers, provide career advice, and the like:
- Zach Kushner (currently working at Gilbane Building Company, Springfield, MA). Contact: LinkedIn
- Bob Hastings (currently working at Home Remodeling Pros, Annapolis, MD). Contact: LinkedIn
Support the BCT Alumni Scholarship!
Give back to BCT and support our current students by donating to the newly-established BCT Alumni Scholarship Fund. We will use half of the donations for direct scholarships and will accumulate the rest until this fund can be endowed (which makes it a permanent source of scholarship funding). You can give to this fund online right here:
For Graduating BCT Students
As you all know, a good professional network is crucial to success in the “real world”. It can provide you with advice and feedback, job opportunities, and support for when professional life throws a curve ball at you. Having studied in BCT, you have already built up personal connections to fellow students that will be available to you even after you leave UMass. The university and BCT have various resources and are holding events specifically to help you build and maintain that network.
You can connect with us using the various social media connections mentioned on top of this page under “Stay in Touch!”. That way, you will get notified when we are organizing events or have job offers that may be of interest. Make sure you add yourself at least to our BCT (alumni) email list.
Also, upon graduation from BCT, you will receive an Alumni ID. Your first step then should be to register with the UMass Amherst Alumni Association.
This has various benefits for you – for example, you can get an alumni association forwarding email. It also allows us to better stay in touch with you. You will then be able to receive occasional notices of events at BCT.
Either way, we hope you check back in every once in a while and let us know what became of you. We are always curious to hear about our graduating students’ career paths.