Leers Weinzapfel Associates recommended for Integrated Design Building at UMass

Leers Weinzapfel Associates recommended for Integrated Design Building at UMass

  Boston-based Architecture firm Leers Weinzapfel Associates has been recommended to Katherine Craven, the Executive Director of the UMBA, to be the design firm for the Integrated Design Building at UMass. As mentioned before, this building will in a few years become the new home for BCT, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and Architecture+Design. We are looking forward to working with this excellent design firm to create the most sustainable and most exciting building on the UMass Amherst campus. In the meantime, we would like to thank the selection committee and especially our graduate student representative Patricia O'Flaherty for their hard work on making this happen....
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L. Carl Fiocchi wins Autodesk Excellence in Analysis Award

L. Carl Fiocchi wins Autodesk Excellence in Analysis Award

L. Carl Fiocchi, a Ph.D. Candidate in BCT, just won the Autodesk Excellence in Analysis Award. About the project This project is an analysis of the Gropius House, a Modernist icon constructed in 1938.  The intent was to deconstruct and analyze several passive solar shading techniques that Walter Gropius had incorporated into the building and site design: a brise-soleil, trees, and a retractable awning. The building was modeled in Revit and analysis was performed in Ecotect. For more information and to read the jury comments, follow this link: http://sustainabilityworkshop.autodesk.com/project-gallery/sustaining-modernity-analysis-gropius-house  ...
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Simi Hoque’s Urban Modeling

Dr. Simi Hoque is passionate about improving the ways in which buildings use the earth’s resources.  She teaches environmental systems and sustainable design principles in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst. Her research, partially funded by the Center’s Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station, is focused around the application and development of energy-efficient buildings. Dr. Hoque specializes in energy modeling, resource efficiency, and systems design. She is co-author of a recent online publication (October 2013) intended to provide a quantitative approach to assessing sustainability indicators in a city. Research Cities today generate almost two-thirds of the world’s primary energy demand. By 2030, this is projected to increase to three-quarters, matching the urban sector’s expected share of global energy-related CO2 emissions. The current urban outlook demands a comprehensive understanding of urban sustainability policies and programs to address climate change and energy security. Dr. Hoque’s research is aimed at developing an analytical framework to integrate the performance indicators for buildings, transportation systems, and green spaces...
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Designer RFP for UMass Integrated Design Building (the future home of BCT) has been released

Designer RFP for UMass Integrated Design Building (the future home of BCT) has been released

The University of Massachusetts (technically, it's the UMBA) is planning a building that will bring together BCT, Architecture, and LARP (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning) on the Amherst campus. Since this will be our new home, we are envisioning this building to be a showcase green and sustainable building. The designer RFP has been released a little while ago (8/7/2013) and can be accessed via the link below: http://www.massachusetts.edu/buildingauthority/baamhertstbidocs.html If your company is interested in submitting a bid, please note the deadline at the end of the month. Please forward this to potentially interested parties....
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