BCT Alumnus Profile: Irina Makucha (BS ’14)

BCT Alumnus Profile: Irina Makucha (BS ’14)

A few days ago, we met with Irina Makucha. She is a BCT alumnus who currently works as a Project Engineer at Consigli Construction. She just finished work on the UMass School of Education project at Furcolo Hall in Amherst and was very happy to show off this complex project, which involved renovating a former elementary school plus constructing an addition. Irina originally came to BCT as a transfer student from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). Here is her advice for other BCT students. "My dear fellows students, I would like to share my work experience with you: Graduating from the BCT program, I was very fortunate to join Consigli Construction company. When I won a Scholarship from PWC (Professional Women in Construction) CT Chapter, I joined a mentorship program that introduced me to this company. Consigli is a management company who puts the project together as a "quilt", piece by piece. We receive plans from the design team & buy it out, controlling the...
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BCT Alumnus Profile: Caroline Kmiec (BS ’14)

BCT Alumnus Profile: Caroline Kmiec (BS ’14)

   We caught up this semester with our alumnus, Caroline Kmiec, who currently works as an Assistant Project Manager at W.T. Rich Company, Inc. in Newton, MA. She shared details of her recent projects with us and provided our graduating seniors with stories "from the real world". Asked about her experience here at BCT, she shared this with us: “My name is Caroline Kmiec. I graduated from UMASS Amherst from the BCT program in December of 2014. Since then, I have been working with a Commercial General Contracting Company, W.T. Rich Co Inc. located out of Newton MA. Founded in 1968, W.T. Rich Company has over four decades of experience as a General Contractor and Construction Manager. We specialize in major renovation work, historical restoration, new builds and projects that involve unique logistical, technical or scheduling challenges. Our field and management personnel have successfully performed hundreds of projects of this nature. We focus our capabilities and resources on only those projects that best...
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BCT Alumni Successful at Amherst’s Integrity Development & Construction Firm

BCT Alumni Successful at Amherst’s Integrity Development & Construction Firm

We at BCT always love to hear what our alumni are doing. It was therefore very nice to see how successful two of our former students (from when we were called BMATWT) are at the local development and construction firm Integrity Development & Construction. Here are two features taken from recent press releases: Anna Novey (BS '04): Anna started working part time at Integrity in 2002 while completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Building Materials and Wood Technology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She joined the company full time after graduating in 2004, growing her experience in all aspects of the trade as she perfected her role as project manager. She is a licensed construction supervisor and is LEAD Certified. In late 2012, Anna Novey joined into a business partnership with Peter Jessop and Heidi Flanders of Integrity Development & Construction, Inc., in Amherst, MA. “I’ve grown up within the company,” Novey said, noting she started at Integrity while a sophomore in college....
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