BCT student Matt DiBara wins 2012 UMASS NAHB Student Chapter Scholarship

As a late addition to this year's roster of student award winners, it is our pleasure to announce that Matt DiBara has just been awarded the 2012 UMASS NAHB Student Chapter Scholarship from the HBRA of Western Massachusetts in the National Association of Home Builders. From the announcement: Congratulations to all of our winners. The selection process was very competitive and all of the applicants should be very proud of their accomplishments. The HBRA of Western Massachusetts wishes all of the applicants and winners of this year’s scholarship much success in all of their future endeavors....
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BCT Adjunct Professor, Tom Benjamin wins EPA Merit Award for Sustainable Landscape Design

Boston, MA:  At an awards ceremony held in Boston last week, Tom Benjamin, UMASS Adjunct Professor in Sustainable Landscape design was presented with an EPA Merit Award for his work on the Kent Hospital, Warwick Rhode Island.  "The early adoption of sustainable landscaping is a practical solution to satisfy stormwater compliance issues, LEED certification standards and outdoor aesthetics. These hospitals have strengthened their regional identities as healthcare providers through low impact design and innovative leadership."   For more information, visit the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/region1/ra/ema/2012recipients.html....
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2011-2012 Student Awards

Building and Construction Technology is proud to announce its student award recipients for the current academic year. The following students' academic and engagement achievements are being acknowledged and rewarded by this. Congratulations to you all! BCT Outstanding Senior Award: David Mogielnicki Donald Hyde Memorial Scholarship Fund Hoo-Hoo Award: Matt DiBara Michael Newman Michael R. Varney Henry E. Zottoli Memorial Scholarship: Patrick Reidy Awards will be presented at the department's Annual Student Awards Event, held on May 2nd at the Young Men's Club in Hadley. You can also now view them (and past years' winners) on our website's Student Awards page: http://bct.eco.umass.edu/academics/student-awards/...
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A Student with Building and Construction Technology wins prize in UMass Innovation Challenge

Tracie Reed, a Masters of Architecture student at UMass was awarded one of two second prizes in the UMass Innovation Challenge for "Turf Builder", a web-based election canvassing tool. This prize carried a financial award of $1,000. Tracie has attended many BCT classes and her faculty sponsor for this competition was Alexander Schreyer, Lecturer in NRC. Each team in the executive summary competition conceives an innovative product or service based on technology created on campus, then produces a five-page executive summary for its commercialization. All the executive summaries were reviewed by the judges before the competition to help determine the overall scores in the contest. On the night of the competition, each team leader presented a two-minute presentation, or elevator pitch, to the judges, who then grilled the team about its concept. Judges dished out more than $10,000 in prize money and other incentives Dec. 8 to six clever, timely and promising ventures conceived by students, faculty and alumni as part of...
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