Robert Malczyk speaks about engineered wood buildings

Robert Malczyk speaks about engineered wood buildings

Robert Malczyk, principal engineer of Vancouver-based firm Equilibrium Consulting, visited BCT last week to give a guest lecture on "Engineered Solutions in Wood". His lecture was the second installment in this semester's impromptu BCT lecture series “Building with Wood”, following Cassie Phillips of Weyerhaeuser. Fifteen years of design excellence and over a thousand successful projects have established Equilibrium as a leader in wood engineering worldwide. Their unique ability to take on complex structural challenges and find elegant, innovative, yet efficient solutions is exemplified in projects like the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Toronto, the Raleigh-Durham Airport roof structure, and the forthcoming IDB building at UMass Amherst, which will arguably be the most advanced modern wood structure in the eastern US. In reflecting upon the span of his own career, Robert not only gave career advice to the many students in attendance but also illustrated his firm's work in a detail-rich, visually stunning, and often very humorous manner. To learn more about Equilibrium's projects, follow the link at the...
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BCT Fall 2014 lecture series announced

As part of the impromptu 2014 BCT Fall Lecture Series on "Building With Wood", BCT is proud to announce the following talks: “Sustainable Forestry, A Global Perspective” Fri., September 19th, 11am-12pm - Holdsworth Hall, Room 308, UMass Amherst CASSIE PHILLIPS, Vice President, Sustainable Forests & Products, Weyerhaeuser With a background in Forestry and Law, Cassie Phillips oversees Sustainable Forestry at Weyerhaeuser. Founded in 1900, Weyerhaeuser is a forest products company that has operations in 10 countries. The Company’s business segments are Timberlands, Wood Products, Cellulose Fibers, and Real Estate. “Engineered Solutions In Wood” Thu., October 2nd, 4pm-5pm - E-Lab II, Room 119 (Auditorium), UMass Amherst ROBERT MALCZYK, Principal, Equilibrium Consulting, Vancouver, Canada Fifteen years of design excellence and over a thousand successful projects have established Equilibrium as a leader in wood engineering worldwide. Their unique ability to take on complex structural challenges and find elegant, innovative, yet efficient solutions is exemplified in projects like the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Toronto, the Raleigh-Durham Airport roof structure, and the forthcoming...
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Cassie Phillips speaks about sustainable forestry

Cassie Phillips speaks about sustainable forestry

Last Friday we had the pleasure of hosting a lecture by Cassie Phillips, Vice President for Sustainable Forestry at Weyerhaeuser. She spoke as part of this semester's impromptu BCT lecture series "Building with Wood" and her talk presented a global view on sustainable forestry, covering issues like land use changes, forestry practices, and forest certification systems. With a background in Forestry and Law, Cassie Phillips oversees Sustainable Forestry at Weyerhaeuser. Founded in 1900, Weyerhaeuser is a forest products company that has operations in 10 countries. The Company’s business segments are Timberlands, Wood Products, Cellulose Fibers, and Real Estate. BCT would like to thank Ray Kinoshita Mann (Department of Architecture) for making this talk possible. Link: LinkedIn profile University of Maryland - Global Forest Change website (a reference for those that attended)  ...
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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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Schreyer tests Live Oak wood for Smithsonian Channel’s show

As part of a documentary on the background behind Peter Weir's maritime masterpiece, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.", Alexander Schreyer (Lecturer and Assistant Program Director in BCT) conducted several tests on Live Oak, a wood species that gave the USS Constitution the nickname "Old Ironsides". In these tests, which were filmed by the production company Blink Films UK, he compared bending properties of Live Oak to White Oak, a common shipbuilding material at the time. A second series of tests of these materials under impact loading yielded good results but was not chosen to be part of the documentary. While originally produced for the Smithsonian Channel, the episode has in the meantime been shown in many international markets. For example, the image below shows a still taken from German news television station n-tv. For more on the episode, visit the Smithsonian Channel's website....
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