UMass Students Place 11th in National Competition and BCT Program Receives $100k Grant

UMass Students Place 11th in National Competition and BCT Program Receives $100k Grant

Students Participate in Residential Construction Competition As in years past, a group of UMass students traveled to the International Builders Show (IBS), a national conference, which was held this year in Orlando, FL. There they competed in the "Production Homes" category of the Residential Construction Management Competition, which allows our students to practice many aspects of their coursework, such as estimating and budgeting, scheduling and various other pre-construction topics. Under the faculty supervision of BCT's Dr. Ho-Sung Kim, this group had been busy preparing for this competition for the entirety of the fall semester. The UMass team landed the 11th place spot this year out of 27 competing schools. Its members were Akira Ontsuka, Matthew Klingman, Mohamid Zabir, Lauren Nothe,  Oliver Pullin, and Samuel Khokhlan. See the gallery below for some impressions from the event. BCT Program Receives $100,000 Grant From NHE's HELP Program The Homebuilding Education Leadership Program (HELP), launched in 2006, establishes closer relationships with institutions of higher education by awarding major...
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Awards Abound for NAHB Student Chapter in this Year’s Residential Construction Competition

Awards Abound for NAHB Student Chapter in this Year’s Residential Construction Competition

Our UMass NAHB student chapter just capped off the most successful year in its history. In this year's NAHB Student Competition, in which teams have to create a proposal for a housing development, the UMass team came in 8th place. This was the highest the chapter has ever placed. In the proposal, the UMass team had to create a site plan, construction schedules and estimates, a sales and marketing strategy along with a detailed financial analysis of the project. Additionally, the UMass chapter was awarded 2nd place for the Outstanding Student Chapter Award. The NAHB Outstanding Student Chapter Award recognizes NAHB student chapters at schools that go the extra mile to engage with their local HBA, the community, and student body of their schools. The strong relationship between HBRAWM and the UMass chapter was a major factor for this award. The members of this year’s team included Hunter Apteker, George Boccelli, Hayden Cantoni, David Ibrahim, Robson Stewart, and Winnie Wang (see also image...
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BCT student team participates in NAHB competition and Leah Cicalis receives NAHB Outstanding Student Award

BCT student team participates in NAHB competition and Leah Cicalis receives NAHB Outstanding Student Award

As in years past, BCT sent a team of students to participate in the NAHB Student Residential Construction Management Competition, which is a part of the International Builders' Show (IBS), held in Las Vegas, NV. After a semester of preparation, the students presented their project proposal, which this year landed them a spot in the top 20 (19th place to be exact)! We all congratulate them on a job well done! BCT also recognizes the supporting efforts of the group's faculty sponsor, Dr. Ho-Sung Kim, and the local NAHB affiliate group, the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Western Massachusetts, including our alumnus Zach Kushner. Outstanding Student Award Goes to Leah Cicalis We are also proud to be able to announce that one member of that team, Leah Cicalis, a senior in the BCT program, was awarded the NAHB Outstanding Student Award 2020. This rewards her efforts in the student group as highlighted by the award description, included below: "This exciting award recognizes student...
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BCT’s Spring 2018 Job Fair is Next Week

BCT’s Spring 2018 Job Fair is Next Week

The Building and Construction Technology spring job fair for jobs in construction, project management, green building, materials, building systems, and related fields is coming up on Wednesday, February 28th from 10am to 3pm. Like last time, we will be holding it in the beautiful John W. Olver Design Building. This event is free for all UMass and other students. Just dress up, bring your resumes and come! The most up-to date listing of participating companies is on our calendar entry page: https://bct.eco.umass.edu/event/bct-spring-2018-job-fair/ Like last time, this event is co-organized and heavily supported by the great folks in our NAHB student group. Looking forward to seeing you all at the job fair!  ...
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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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