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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Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

As those walking through our building today may have noticed, there were some new letters visible on the facade. At a ceremony this afternoon, the Design Building was officially named in honor of a good friend of the BCT program and ECO department, former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver. It is now the "John W. Olver Design Building". BCT and ECO would like to congratulate U.S. Rep. Olver for this well-deserved honor. If it hadn't been for his support, our new home would not be the landmark, showcase example of sustainable mass timber construction it is today. Interested in learning more about the John W. Olver Design Building? We have an extensive collection of articles, photos, videos etc. here. Below is the official press release: October 27, 2017 AMHERST, Mass. – The new Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named the John W. Olver Design Building in honor of the retired congressman and former UMass Amherst chemistry professor. A ceremony marking...
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UMass’ sustainable Design Building featured in new video

UMass’ sustainable Design Building featured in new video

UMass just released a video that showcases BCT's new home, the beautiful and sustainable Design Building. This building showcases many advanced and green building technologies, including an industry-leading contemporary wood structure. You can learn more about the Design Building on our site. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IJ8OyMpEcE...
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Happy end of semester and Happy Holidays! Next up: Move to the Design Building

Happy end of semester and Happy Holidays! Next up: Move to the Design Building

On this last day of final exams, all that's left to say to all our students, colleagues, alumni, and friends is: Happy end of semester! And, of course: Happy Holidays!!! We at BCT are wishing you all a peaceful and joyous holiday season. Thanks to a lot of helping hands, during this end of semester we are also being packed up and getting readied for our move to the Design Building in early January. It's amazing how much we actually own and have to pack. Curious about our new digs? Without further ado - and thanks to Carl Fiocchi's photography - here are some pictures that mainly show BCT's new spaces (like the new classroom). Of course, there's much more to discover in the Design Building once it's ready and open. But for now, we hope you are - as are we - very excited and looking forward to our upcoming move. P.S.: In case you want to know our new address, it's: 210...
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UMass Amherst Students Build Timber Grid Shell as Pop-up Exhibition on Fine Arts Center Plaza

UMass Amherst Students Build Timber Grid Shell as Pop-up Exhibition on Fine Arts Center Plaza

After a lot of work, the timber gridshell on the Fine Arts Center plaza is now finally up and open to the public. This multidisciplinary design-build project, led by BCT faculty Peggi Clouston and supported by BCT adjunct faculty John Fabel (and many others), involved many students from across UMass. You can find more information in the official press release (below) and on the accompanying website: AMHERST, Mass. – A massive and intricate wooden dome temporarily adorning the plaza of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was engineered and constructed by UMass students over two semesters as part of a wood design studio class. Known in technical circles as a timber grid shell, the structure is the end product  of a course taught by Peggi Clouston, associate professor in the building and construction technology program at the university. Thirty feet in diameter, the 3,500-pound shell rises to 11 feet at the center. The 52 longest laths in the...
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