Ted Sheridan and UMass alumnus Greg Orwat present their passive house projects

Ted Sheridan and UMass alumnus Greg Orwat present their passive house projects

For millenniums Architects have been designing beautiful geometries enhancing our public realm. For perhaps 50 years, to different degrees, Architects have been designing buildings that perform more and more efficiently, reducing both our climate impact and our energy costs. Marrying the two strategies is not an easy task. Ted Sheridan, AIA, and Gregory Orwat (UMass Architecture Graduate) from Ryall Sheridan Architects presented a fabulous group of projects extracted from their firm’s portfolio; each demonstrating the real possibility of achieving the elegance of sophisticated architecture and the rigors of Passive House Standard within one geometry. Synopsis: Tectonic Extremes of Passive House Design. Passive House design offers a radically efficient means for reducing the energy use of buildings of all types but it tends to constrain architectural form making. This does not need to be the case; with careful design considerations and use of advanced performance materials, architectural design can be spatially ambitious and articulated. Links: Presentation Slides 'An experiment unlike any other': Father-son duo build first house of...
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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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Alumni & Friends: Join BCT at ABX / Greenbuild on 11/9

Alumni & Friends: Join BCT at ABX / Greenbuild on 11/9

Together with our friends in the Department of Architecture, the Building and Construction Technology program at UMass Amherst is organizing a joint alumni and friends get-together at the upcoming ABX and Greenbuild conference in Boston, MA. If you are a BCT or BMATWT alumnus (or just would like to say hi), drop by session SW11 on Thursday, 11/9 from 6pm to 8pm. We will have light snacks and there will be an opportunity to view a livecast of Bill Clinton's plenary session. Register for this event during the signup process for ABX/Greenbuild or simply show up! This reception is free but you will have to register (and pay) for ABX/Greenbuild) Hope to see you there... http://abexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/AlumniEvents  ...
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Bring your Resumes! BCT is Hosting Fall Job Fair on October 20th

Bring your Resumes! BCT is Hosting Fall Job Fair on October 20th

The Building and Construction Technology program and our NAHB* student group are organizing a job fair for the first time in fall 2017 for jobs in construction, project management, green building, materials, building systems, and related fields. This job fair is free and open to all UMass Students. Just dress up, bring your resumes and come to the Design Building! *National Association of Home Builders By the way: After the job fair, stay for the BCT alumni party (RSVP here)! Company Exhibitor List (updated: 10/16) All States Materials Group asmg.com Arcadis www.arcadis.com Aspen Square Management www.aspensquare.com Boise Cascade www.bc.com Center for EcoTechnology www.cetonline.org CLEAResult www.clearesult.com CMC Design Build Inc. cmcdesign-build.com Consigli Construction careers.consigli.com Cowls Building Supply, Inc. cowlsbuildingsupply.com Crown Castle www.crowncastle.com Dimeo Construction Company www.dimeo.com Ed Herrington, Inc. www.herringtons.com Gaston Electrical gastonelectrical.com Gilbane Building Company www.gilbaneco.com Hill International Inc. www.Hillintl.com HireElements / A.W. Hastings hireelements.com J.C Cannistraro, LLC www.cannistraro.com Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. www.leekennedy.com Mid-Cape Home Centers www.midcape.net National Lumber www.national-lumber.com Pella Windows and Doors www.pellaofhaverhill.com Rex Lumber Co. rexlumber.com Sanford and Hawley Inc. sanhaw.com The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co www.whiting-turner.com Trimble www.trimble.com Turner Construction turnerconstruction.com Walsh Brothers, Inc. www.walshbrothers.com Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. www.waynejgriffinelectric.com Wolf Home Products www.wolfhomeproducts.com Employers: Interested in exhibiting at this fair? We may still have space. Register here!...
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Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2017!

Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2017!

Congratulations to all of our graduating students in BCT! We are tremendously proud of them and we wish them all the best for their upcoming professional life. As in years past, we couldn't only take a serious photo, of course… Please note: These group shots were taken at the CNS celebration and unfortunately not all of the students made it onto the picture. We also had several graduate students completing their doctorates and Master's degrees. Carl, Nariman, and Chris can be seen in the following photos, which also feature a cameo from former BCT faculty, Simi Hoque. For more, don’t forget to also check out our pictures from all of the commencement events on the BCT Facebook page....
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