Some summer reading: Follow our BCT students’ internships!

Some summer reading: Follow our BCT students’ internships!

Many students in BCT sign up for construction-related summer work, either as internships, practicums, or just as a job that relates to their studies. They always have amazing experiences, which lets them practice what they learned during the semester. What we fond, though, was that in the past, their experiences were often just reported to their immediate faculty supervisor, which didn't allow others to learn about the breadth and the many details of "real world" work. This summer, we are trying something new: A blog for BCT students! This way, anyone can follow our students' amazing experiences and learn from what they are seeing in the field. Feel free to check out the latest posts at the following address: http://blogs.umass.edu/bct-interns...
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Article in Hampshire Gazette features wood-concrete bench

Article in Hampshire Gazette features wood-concrete bench

An article in this Monday's Business section of the Daily Hampshire Gazette described the Design Building project at UMass. It also featured prominently our student-built floor mockup bench that now adorns Holdsworth Hall. You can read the complete article here: http://goo.gl/2h16Su...
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And it begins…

And it begins…

So apparently construction on the new (Integrated) Design Building at UMass has officially begun. Fences are going up and we can't wat to see the "new dirt" (remember the phrase?). We'll occasionally post here about what is going on at the site, but you can find a constant stream of our photos on Facebook at the link below (accessible even if you are not on Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.883520311711215.1073741830.104439489619305&type=1...
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NAHB students participate in 2015 Residential Construction Management Competition

NAHB students participate in 2015 Residential Construction Management Competition

This January the UMass Student Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders once again competed in the NAHB's Residential Construction Management Competition. Last year was the team's first year competing and they took home "Rookie of the Year". This year, the team was led by returning members, President Frank Kelly, Vice President John Yip and Secretary Evan Miamis. Each student chapter was to act as a Construction Company with a fully developed proposal that they would present to a panel of investors. The site of the competition this year was a 40 acre site in Lebanon Tennessee that is part of a larger development called Hamilton Springs. Their company was once again Minuteman Construction and their development was named Cedar City Complex and consisted of mix residential and commercial unit that were geared towards generation Y. Their proposal was over 120 pages and they had to present their proposal to the panel of judges in Las Vegas during the International Builders Show. The...
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Weil Co-Organizes Panel on Women in Green Building Construction

As part of the monthly “Green Night Events” at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton, BCT extension faculty member Ben Weil co-organized a panel discussion with Jaqueline Cook on January 14th. This event took place under the umbrella of the Western Massachusetts Green Consortium (http://westernmassgreenconsortium.org). You can read more about this event in this WWLP News item. ...
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