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.
Construction Safety Officer, UMass EH&S
Michael Kauffman, CSP, has over 15 years of experience as an Environmental Health & Safety professional. As a graduate of Keene State College’s Safety program, Michael has spent most of his career in the academic setting working as an EH&S specialist at Harvard University, Director of EH&S at Suffolk University and currently as a Safety Manager at UMass. His experiences include general industry and construction safety as well as environmental protection, sustainability and fire protection. Michael is an authorized instructor of OSHA standards and sits on the board of the American Society of Safety Engineers Western Massachusetts chapter.
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.
Vice President, Technical Services
Peter Yost is the Residential Program Manager for BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high performance homes for more than twenty years. Peter has made significant contributions to the work of many leading homebuilding organizations and initiatives—NAHB Researcher Center, Building Science Corporation, 3-D Building Solutions, EEBA, Masco’s Environments for Livingprogram, USGBC’s LEED for Homes program, and the US Department of Energy’s Building America program.