2020-21 BCT Awards and Scholarships

2020-21 BCT Awards and Scholarships

Reading Day is traditionally when when we honor the current year’s group of BCT award and scholarship recipients at the annual ECO departmental awards picnic. This is always an exciting part of the academic year because we can shine a light on outstanding student achievements and provide scholarship support. Due to the still ongoing pandemic-related gathering limitations, we weren't able to hold an in-person event for our award recipients. Instead, we organized a Zoom event on 5/5/2021 where we celebrated both our award/scholarship recipients and our graduating seniors. You can re-watch the event below on YouTube (or via this link). The complete list of award and scholarship winners is shown below the video. Congratulations to all the recipients!!! https://youtu.be/lKE5YaUdW7Y 2020-21 BCT Outstanding Senior Award Jessica Zeliger Associated General Contractors of Western Massachusetts: Building and Construction Technology Endowment Tommy Lam, Chase Phenagar Building and Construction Technology Alumni Scholarship for Academic Merit Nour Assaf, Nolan Pandolfi Building and Construction Technology Alumni Scholarship for Leadership Nour Assaf Harry L. Folsom Award from the Donald B. Hyde Memorial...
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Awards Abound for NAHB Student Chapter in this Year’s Residential Construction Competition

Awards Abound for NAHB Student Chapter in this Year’s Residential Construction Competition

Our UMass NAHB student chapter just capped off the most successful year in its history. In this year's NAHB Student Competition, in which teams have to create a proposal for a housing development, the UMass team came in 8th place. This was the highest the chapter has ever placed. In the proposal, the UMass team had to create a site plan, construction schedules and estimates, a sales and marketing strategy along with a detailed financial analysis of the project. Additionally, the UMass chapter was awarded 2nd place for the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. The NAHB Outstanding Student Chapter Award recognizes NAHB student chapters at schools that go the extra mile to engage with their local HBA, the community, and student body of their schools. The strong relationship between HBRAWM and the UMass chapter was a major factor for this award. The members of this year’s team included Hunter Apteker, George Boccelli, Hayden Cantoni, David Ibrahim, Robson Stewart, and Winnie Wang (see also image...
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BCT Contributes to UMass’ 2020 Sustainability Ranking: ‘Top 20 Coolest Schools’

BCT Contributes to UMass’ 2020 Sustainability Ranking: ‘Top 20 Coolest Schools’

As announced in a recent press release, UMass has advanced significantly in Sierra Magazine’s ‘Top 20 Coolest Schools’ sustainability ranking, where we are now at #15. In their announcement, several BCT-related accomplishments were highlighted, such as our home in the Olver Design Building, our MS in Sustainable Building Systems, and Ben Weil's Clean Energy Corps course and extension work. Through our department, BCT is also part of the School of Earth and Sustainability at UMass, the first specialized sustainability school on the East Coast. You can read the full announcement below: Being Green: UMass Amherst Among Sierra Magazine’s ‘Top 20 Coolest Schools’ Record 300-plus colleges and universities participated in the annual sustainability ranking September 28, 2020 The University of Massachusetts Amherst was named among Sierra magazine’s “Top 20 Coolest Schools 2020,” a list of the greenest colleges and universities in North America. For its strong environmental ethos and wide-ranging sustainability efforts, UMass Amherst jumped to No. 15 on the 14th annual list from the Sierra Club’s...
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2019-2020 BCT Awards and Scholarships

2019-2020 BCT Awards and Scholarships

Reading Day is traditionally when where we honor the current year’s group of BCT award and scholarship recipients at the annual ECO departmental awards picnic. This is always an exciting part of the academic year because we can shine a light on outstanding student achievements and provide scholarship support. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we weren't able to hold the picnic this year. But that doesn't stop us from handing out the awards. We may even be able to reschedule our awards celebration for sometime during the fall (TBA at a later date). The list below shows the current award and scholarship winners. Congratulations to all of them!!! 2019-2020 BCT Awards and Scholarships BCT Outstanding Senior Award Daniel Dimitrov Associated General Contractors of Western Massachusetts: Building and Construction Technology Endowment Hunter Apteker Hayden Cantoni Tyler Cerrone Chase Phenegar Building and Construction Technology Alumni Scholarship for Academic Merit Tyler Cerrone Antin Lam Building and Construction Technology Alumni Scholarship for Leadership Robson Stewart Harry L. Folsom Award from the Donald B. Hyde Memorial Scholarship Fund Nour Assaf Harry and Virginia...
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BCT student team participates in NAHB competition and Leah Cicalis receives NAHB Outstanding Student Award

BCT student team participates in NAHB competition and Leah Cicalis receives NAHB Outstanding Student Award

As in years past, BCT sent a team of students to participate in the NAHB Student Residential Construction Management Competition, which is a part of the International Builders' Show (IBS), held in Las Vegas, NV. After a semester of preparation, the students presented their project proposal, which this year landed them a spot in the top 20 (19th place to be exact)! We all congratulate them on a job well done! BCT also recognizes the supporting efforts of the group's faculty sponsor, Dr. Ho-Sung Kim, and the local NAHB affiliate group, the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts, including our alumnus Zach Kushner. Outstanding Student Award Goes to Leah Cicalis We are also proud to be able to announce that one member of that team, Leah Cicalis, a senior in the BCT program, was awarded the NAHB Outstanding Student Award 2020. This rewards her efforts in the student group as highlighted by the award description, included below: "This exciting award recognizes student...
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