Enroll Now in Our Winter 2023/24 Courses

Enroll Now in Our Winter 2023/24 Courses

Enroll now in our BCT Winter 2023/24 courses. These are open to students and professionals and can provide a valuable skill as well as credit towards your major or minor. Courses BCT 320 - Introduction to CAD & BIM in Construction & Architecture Online | 3 Credits | Winter Session | 12/18/2023-1/31/2024 This course provides students with a broad introduction into Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) with a focus on construction- and architecture-specific applications. By using industry-standard AEC software (such as Autodesk AutoCAD, Trimble SketchUp, and Autodesk Revit) in hands-on exercises, assignments and projects, students gain the capability to model construction projects and create and distribute industry-standard architectural drawings. BCT 414 / ECO 614 - Sustainable Building & LEED Certification Online | 3 Credits | Winter Session | 12/18/2023-1/31/2024 The LEED Professional Credentials indicate professional excellence and a strong depth of knowledge as well as practical understanding of the LEED Rating Systems and how they apply to the high-performance design and construction of the built...
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Hammer Time: How Students, Faculty, Local Businesses and Holyoke’s Community Development Corporation Are Teaming Up to Fight the Housing Crisis

Hammer Time: How Students, Faculty, Local Businesses and Holyoke’s Community Development Corporation Are Teaming Up to Fight the Housing Crisis

They call it “Paper House”: a modular, 500-square-foot, high-performance, net zero, low carbon house designed and built by the students in UMass DesignBuild, a joint effort between the Building and Construction Technology Program and Department of Architecture at UMass Amherst and the Five College Architectural Studies program. DesignBuild is in its second year, and it seeks to address major problems, both in the educational world, and in the broader world at large. “A builder might go through their whole education and never see the work involved in designing a house,” says Carl Fiocchi, a lecturer and professional master’s program coordinator in the Building and Construction Technology Program. “The reverse is true for architects, too, who might never get any experience actually building their designs.” The DesignBuild class seeks to bridge this gap between the builders and designers with a two-semester sequence. In the spring semester, students are given a set of design parameters—the house’s overall footprint, budget, materials, etc.—and with those in place, design the...
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Fall 2023 BCT Lecture Series Announced

Fall 2023 BCT Lecture Series Announced

The start of a new semester brings with it a new series of public lectures. We are happy to announce the four speakers mentioned below, who will present on various current topics in the built environment. All lectures are open to the public and are held on Mondays from 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm in the Olver Design Building Room 170. Zoom options will be available, too. Want to get notified when these are? Sign up for our email list. MassDOT: Route 2 Gill Slope Failure and Rapid Repair Procedures Patricia Leavenworth, PE, Director for MassDOT Highway District 2, Connecticut River Valley, Western MA 09.18.23 | 4:00-5:15pm | Design Building Room 170 Energy Modeling for Homes: HERS Rating Process & MA Stretch Energy Code Lia Douillet, HERS Consultant, Ecotechnology, Florence, MA 10.16.23 | 4:00-5:15pm | Design Building Room 170 Building a Greener Future: Mercy Corps’ Global Sustainability Efforts Francis Xavier Tuokuu, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Mercy Corps 11.06.23 | 4:00-5:15pm | Design Building Room 170 Climate-smart Construction: Plant-based Prefab: A Carbon Drawdown...
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2022-23 BCT Awards and Scholarships Announced

2022-23 BCT Awards and Scholarships Announced

Reading Day is traditionally when when we honor the current year’s group of BCT award and scholarship recipients at the Environmental Conservation Awards Picnic. This is always an exciting part of the academic year because we can shine a light on outstanding student achievements and provide scholarship support. The complete list of the 2022-23 award and scholarship winners is shown below the image and more pictures from the event can be found here. Congratulations to all the recipients!!! We are tremendously proud of you all!!! 2022-23 Award Recipients BCT Outstanding Senior Award Ian Milliken Associated General Contractors of Western Massachusetts: Building and Construction Technology Endowment Eli Schomp, Brendan Ware Building and Construction Technology Alumni Scholarship for Academic Merit Anna Biondo, Cyprian Zulawnik Building and Construction Technology Alumni Scholarship for Leadership Oliver Pullin Harry L. Folsom Award from the Donald B. Hyde Memorial Scholarship Fund Madison Mathieu Harry and Virginia Braconier Scholarship Diana Andrea Brito Picciotto, Eli Schomp, Brendan Ware Henry E. Zottoli Memorial Scholarship Jocelyn Krooks, Edward Mullen...
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Applications Open for Timber Faculty Workshop

Applications Open for Timber Faculty Workshop

UMass Building and Construction Technology Program and Boston architecture firm Leers Weinzapfel Associates are this summer hosting a workshop for architecture faculty that provides a thorough background on timber as a building material. See below for more information: TIMBER FACULTY WORKSHOP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! Monday, June 26th - Wednesday, June 28th Apply Here Applications are due May 26th, 11:59pm eastern time.  Selected attendees will be notified by June 1st Venue: John W. Olver Design Building, University of Massachusetts Amherst Led by: Leers Weinzapfel Associates with support from Building and Construction Technology Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst Venue Host: Department of Architecture and Building and Construction Technology Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst Led by Tom S. Chung FAIA, Principal Leers Weinzapfel Associates and Professor of Practice in Architecture at Auburn University and Dr. Peggi Clouston, Professor of Wood Mechanics and Timber Engineering, we welcome Tenure-track faculty at accredited Architecture schools throughout the US to apply for an intensive 3-day workshop geared towards equipping faculty interested in teaching Mass Timber design. Workshop will...
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