Crowdfunding Campaign Underway for Wood on the Plaza Project

Crowdfunding Campaign Underway for Wood on the Plaza Project

Together with her graduate students, BCT Associate Professor Peggi Clouston is starting a crowdfunding campaign to turn the idea of a 30-foot wooden gridshell into reality. The project involves a large public art exhibition on Wood Architecture and Engineering to be held on the Plaza of the UMass Fine Arts Center. The plan is to build a 30 foot timber grid shell as a demonstration structure to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of wood construction while at the same time create excitement around the new UMass Design Building being framed in wood. The promotional video is below and here’s a link to the project website where anyone can make an online donation:  http://woodontheplaza.info/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRqNPCq3PVM&feature=youtu.be There are major company donors already but the team is seeking everyone's help in getting the word out. Please share this post with anyone who may interested in supporting the cause....
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Building a Wood-Concrete Floor Mockup Bench

Building a Wood-Concrete Floor Mockup Bench

As part of their independent studies, two BCT students, Henry Braley and Loran Kaleci (with help from fellow student Rommel Cordova-Fiori and shop manager Dan Pepin), this semester built an 8 ft bench for Holdsworth Hall. This bench (while arguably extremely overdesigned) serves as a mockup of the wood-concrete composite floor construction that will be in the new (Integrated) Design Building. As shown in the diagram below, it consists of a three-layer cross-laminated timber (CLT) slab, which we generously received from Nordic EWP (thanks!). Above it is a 3/4 inch layer of rigid insulation and a 3 inch cast-in-place concrete topping. The concrete and the wood layers are connected rigidly with glued-in shear "HBV" connectors by TiComTec from Germany (thanks for those, too!), making both act as a single composite element. If you want to learn more about this technology, check out this research spotlight. BCT has been researching this technology for quite a while now and we are excited to see it in a real building on campus soon. The floors...
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(Integrated) Design Building Sustainable Design Strategies

(Integrated) Design Building Sustainable Design Strategies

Ar a recent meeting, atelier ten, sustainability consultants on the (I)DB project, showed this beautiful depiction of all the sustainability features in our new building. Click on the image to view the full version. Also, as you can see above, the word "Integrated" has been dropped from its name to comply with university policies. Therefore, most recent documents simply refer to it as the "Design Building". Because of our faculty's preferences, we will, however keep the word in parentheses for now. For more on the project, visit this page....
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Team UMass @ ARCC 2015

Team UMass @ ARCC 2015

A picture of the happy UMass team at the ARCC 2015 conference on the "Future of Architectural Research" in Chicago, which took place last week. Left to right: Caryn Brause (Architecture Faculty), Carl Fiocchi (BCT PhD student), Troy Peters (BCT/Arch PhD student), Ajla Aksamiya (Adjunct BCT Faculty), Ray Mann (Architecture Faculty), Simi Hoque (BCT Faculty), Somayeh Tabatabaee (BCT PhD student)....
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UMass Extension Inaugurates New Program in Energy

The UMass Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) recently showcased BCT faculty member Ben Weil's efforts with the Massachusetts Energy Extension Initiative (MAEEI), a program funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. You can read more about it here: http://ag.umass.edu/news-events/highlights/umass-extension-inaugurates-new-program-in-energy  ...
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