The following personae are associated with BCT who are teaching courses or otherwise contribute to our program without holding a currently active Adjunct Faculty status. Regular and Adjunct Faculty and Emeritus Faculty are listed on separate pages.
Capital Project Manager, UMass Facilities & Campus Services
Mr. Ewart is a registered Architect and Construction Project Manager with over 35 years of experience in California, Oregon and Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Architecture program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Over his varied career Mr. Ewart has worked in architectural firms as designer, architect and principal, in commercial and residential real estate development, and for Universities as a capital project manager and campus planner. His day job at UMASS since 2005 is as a Capital Project Manager and has managed the construction of the Studio Arts building, the UMASS Trasit Services building, the Marching Band Building, Hampshire Dining Commons, Furcolo Hall renovation, Montague House and the Design Building, as well as many smaller interior renovation and infrastructure projects.
Owner, Building Performance Analyst, The Green Engineer, Inc.
Assistant Director, Design & Construction Management
O: Room 328, Oliver Design Building
T: 1 (413) 335-0701
Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts.
B.S. Civil Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Master in Public Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst
John Mathews has over 40 years of experience in managing and directing over $5 billion in capital projects. This includes the development, design, and construction of public and private sector projects in the environmental, industrial, building, and heavy construction industries. He began his interest in systems analysis while at WPI, and continued that interest in construction management of power plants preparing CPM schedules and developing project cost estimate databases for the U.S. Department of Energy. He evaluated systems engineering principals and practices in project management and its applications and implications for construction, particularly in development advanced energy systems with N.A.S.A. and the U.S. Department of Energy for a prototype magnetohydrodynamics test facility.
His career includes project and construction management for large regulated utilities, industrial clients, Higher Education, and as a Civil Engineering Corps officer for the US Navy Facilities Engineering Command. While on engineering staff at United States European Command Headquarters he participated in capital planning for US European military bases and port facilities. His consulting work spans 18 power plants, and numerous recycling, composting, waste-to-energy, and hazardous waste management facilities.
John has worked as Assistant Director in Design & Construction Management Division at UMass Amherst for over 20 years. He directed project management teams in the construction of 19 individual buildings, a combined cycle district energy plant, and 4 megawatts of solar energy, including numerous LEED Gold buildings such as the $200 million Honors College and Residential Complex, $156 million Life Science Research Laboratory Building, and the $85 million Integrated Learning Center. With Burt Ewart, AIA, also on the faculty of BCT, they managed the John W. Olver Design Building project, named the U.S. Building of the Year in a national online poll conducted by American-Architects.
John has a Lifetime Achievement and Sustainable Campus Leadership Award given by the International District Energy Association in recognition for his design and project management of the prize-winning, UMass Amherst Central Heating Plant – awarded the best power plant built in the United States in 2009 by Combined Cycle Journal. John currently manages a campus-wide energy efficiency program that is expecting to save millions of kilowatt hours per year and tens of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
John was a United States Olympian (Montreal), and a Pan-American, European, and National Champion in Rowing.
Craig Marden is a Field Application Specialist in the Building Science/Sustainability group at Owens Corning and is Adjunct Faculty in the Building and Construction Technology Program and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For 20 years he has worked in construction, weatherization and energy efficiency retrofitting, conducting thousands of blower door tests on new and existing residential buildings. Focusing on energy efficient and green construction and has professional experience as: Construction Manager, Carpenter, HERS Rater, LEED for Homes Rater, Energy Auditor, Heating system installer, Solar thermal installer, Air sealing technician. He holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License. He is also a Certified Passive House Consultant.
Construction Safety Officer, UMass EH&S
Maryanne Steele is a Mechanical Engineer and Certified Safety professional (CSP) with over 17 years of experience as an Environmental Health & Safety professional. She has been the EHS Officer for Construction Safety at UMass Amherst, overseeing 200-300 Million of construction per year, for the last 11 years. Prior to working as an Environmental Health and Safety Professional, Maryanne worked with the Naval Nuclear Program as a Mechanical Engineer for 9 years with experience in various phases of nuclear submarine development including design, construction, testing, maintenance, and project management before taking on the role of EHS Manager at a Navel Nuclear Program training facility. Maryanne is an authorized instructor for the OSHA 10 and 30 hr. Construction Industry Course. She is currently the President Elect for the Connecticut Valley Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Chairperson for the Western Mass Section of that Chapter. She has worked with other organizations to bring quality training to the construction industry via the WMOSHA Alliance that meets at Amherst College and the annual OSHA Summer Summit that has been held at UMass Annually since 2014.
Attorney Steven J. O’Neill has been employed in the design and construction industry since 1976, first as a carpentry contractor, and later holding senior construction management positions on institutional, commercial and high-end residential projects, as well as a construction technology R&D position. During the past 27 years, Steven focused his law practice on many construction industry issues, including substantial complex litigation concerning public and private projects. Steven was appointed to the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in 2006 and served nine years. Steven formerly worked in the national construction law practice of Thelen Reid, was a construction partner at Bowditch & Dewey, and now manages a construction and technology law firm in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He lectures nationally on construction risk management and the legal impact of new technologies. In his spare time, he repairs a tornado-damaged historic house in Monson, MA, seeking to balance deep energy retrofit building science and historic preservation principles.
Vice President, Technical Services
Peter Yost is the sole proprietor of Building-Wright, a consulting/training/research/technical writing company based in Brattleboro, Vermont. Peter has been working on high performance buildings for more than 30 years. His expertise ranges from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency, building science, and building durability. Peter is currently Technical Director for GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, Adjunct Faculty with the University of Massachusetts’ Building and Construction Technology program, and a Lecturer at Yale’s Graduate School for Forestry and Environmental Studies. Peter holds a credential for Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECxP: University of Wisconsin – Madison). Peter is also—and proudly—a certified WingNut.