Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts Creates Endowment for BCT Program at UMass

Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts Creates Endowment for BCT Program at UMass

May 18, 2018 AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $100,000 gift from the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) of Wellesley, Massachusetts. The gift, also made possible through the Construction Industry Association of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, will provide support for the building and construction technology (BCT) program and its students. The BCT program is part of the department of environmental conservation in the College of Natural Sciences. AGC MA is the state’s leading commercial construction association. The gift represents the second endowment dedicated to supporting UMass Amherst’s BCT program. In addition to providing financial support for BCT’s programs, the gift will make it possible for four students a year to receive scholarships. The BCT program prepares students for careers in construction management, sustainable building systems, and building materials technology. BCT offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as continuing education programs. The program is located in the new John W. Olver Design Building, a distinctive architectural...
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2017-2018 BCT Awards and Scholarships Handed Out

2017-2018 BCT Awards and Scholarships Handed Out

This afternoon at the annual ECO departmental awards picnic, we honored this year’s group of BCT award and scholarship winners. This is always an exciting part of the academic year because we can shine a light on outstanding student achievements and provide scholarship support. For the first time, we were able to award the Harry and Virginia Braconier Scholarship, which went to two students this year. The list below shows the current award winners. Congratulations to all!!! 2017-2018 BCT Awards BCT Outstanding Senior Award: Congke Li Harry and Virginia Braconier Scholarship: Tommy Jiang, Suzanna Yeung Harry L. Folsom Award from the Donald B. Hyde Memorial Scholarship Fund: James Mier, Samuel Schale, Frank Cupo, Steve Zwiren Henry E. Zottoli Memorial Scholarship: Christopher Annis, Kyle Dobosz Gallery ...
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UMass RCMC Team Takes 11th Place at International Builders Show

UMass RCMC Team Takes 11th Place at International Builders Show

BCT's National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) student chapter worked relentlessly through the 2017 Fall semester on their submission of the Residential Construction Management Competition (RCMC) proposal. The 26-student team broke top 11 out of 35 schools in this national competition, after presenting their project at the International Builders Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL. Each year, the NAHB holds the RCMC competition, in which 2-year and 4-year college teams are given an open-ended problem statement that serves the basis of their proposal and presentation at the International Builders Show. This year’s problem statement offered a 7-lot site in Okemos, MI of which teams had to develop and assess the feasible profitability. The team decided to develop 151 houses and declared that the project would ultimately be profitable. The proposal included sections on market analysis, sales, project management, sustainability, design, finance, and estimating. The UMass team consisted of architecture, BCT, civil, real estate, and marketing majors, and each student brought unique strengths to...
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2016-2017 BCT Awards and Scholarships Given Out

2016-2017 BCT Awards and Scholarships Given Out

At the end of every academic year, BCT is proud to hand out several student scholarships and awards at the ECO departmental awards picnic in Hadley to our best and most promising students. This year we were joined by Gail Hanny and Dianne Zottoli who have been longtime BCT supporters and who are sponsoring the Henry E. Zottoli Memorial Scholarship in memory of their father. As a special treat, food was this year provided by our very own NAHB student group. The 2016-2017 awards and scholarships go to the following students. Congratulations to them all!!! BCT Outstanding Senior Award Greg Connery Evan Tarbox Donald Hyde Memorial Scholarship Fund Hoo-Hoo Award Sam Brodeur Elise Fabbri Oscar Hansen Thomas Jiang Congke Li Kenny Nguyen Sam Schale Jake Schick Henry E. Zottoli Memorial Scholarship Zachary Deguzman Kathleen O'Connor Gallery ...
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Hoque receives CNS college’s Outstanding Service/Outreach award

Hoque receives CNS college’s Outstanding Service/Outreach award

BCT faculty member Simi Hoque just received this year's CNS college's Outstanding Service/Outreach award. We congratulate her on that amazing accomplishment! From the announcement: Simi Hoque, Environmental Conservation, recently received a five-year, $508,714 NSF CAREER award to develop an integrated planning tool that will measure, evaluate and predict the impacts of energy, water and land use, waste management and transportation systems at an urban scale. The green building expert intends it to help planners and policymakers guide growth and development in a coordinated, sustainable way. Hoque, an assistant professor in the Building and Construction Technology Program, points out that cities today account for almost two-thirds of the world's primary energy demand, a figure projected to increase to three-quarters by 2030. "The current urban outlook demands a comprehensive understanding of urban sustainability policies to address climate change and energy security," she says. Read more...
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