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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Leander Bathon to speak on world’s first wooden wind turbine

Leander Bathon to speak on world’s first wooden wind turbine

BCT and the UMass IGERT Wind Energy Program are hosting a visit by world-acclaimed timber engineer and innovator, Professor Leander Bathon, from the University of Applied Sciences Wiesbaden, Germany. He holds patents on several timber connectors including the systems used for the World’s first wooden wind turbine, the free floating wood stair at UBC, and our very own UMass Design Building floors and shear walls. Please join us for his talk on Thursday March 10 at 4pm in Holdsworth Room 211. See link below for more information: http://tinyurl.com/zm968wm Reposted from: http://bct.eco.umass.edu/news/leander-bathon-to-speak-on-worlds-first-wooden-wind-turbine/...
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Clouston featured in Suffolk Construction video about Design Building

A new video and blog post on the Suffolk Building Smart Blog shows the construction of the new, engineered wood UMass Amherst Design Building. It features interviews with BCT's Dr. Peggi Clouston, as well as Tom Chung, Principal at Leers-Weinzapfel Associates and Robert Malczyk, Principal at Equilibrium Consulting. It also shows the construction site from various angles, including from above! https://videos.files.wordpress.com/qI2r6Jqm/umass-design-building3_dvd.mp4 Source: Suffolk blog post Reposted from: https://bct.eco.umass.edu/news/clouston-featured-in-suffolk-construction-video-about-design-building/...
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Peggi Clouston Receives Grant for Cross Laminated Timber Research and Featured on WNPR

Peggi Clouston Receives Grant for Cross Laminated Timber Research and Featured on WNPR

WNPR Broadcast http://wnpr.org/post/can-creating-bigger-market-timber-help-preserve-connecticut-woodlands#stream/0   UMass Amherst study to show viability of underused wood in construction timber panel Courtesy of UMass News and Media Relations October 21, 2015 Contact: Janet Lathrop 413/545-0444 AMHERST, Mass. – A new three-year study funded by a $390,000 National Science Foundation grant to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is expected to show that a strong new building material known as cross laminated timber (CLT) can incorporate currently underused wood species grown in the northeast United States, creating a market for local trees and opening jobs in rural communities. CLT is made from layers of dimension lumber laid crosswise, then glued and laminated together. Because it is a composite, it is forgiving of defects, which means that small-diameter and lower quality woods that are abundant in the Northeast offer real potential as source materials for CLT, says lead investigator Peggi Clouston, associate professor of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst. One of her study goals is to show the structural viability of using underused, low-value...
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