Students like junior architecture major Coleman Barnes who will become one of our future home builders and designers now has a new home he can be proud of.
The 87,500 square foot building has a unique construction built using primarily heavy timber. Much of the research, including the wood-concrete system the building uses throughout, was researched on campus by the BCT program themselves.
The system is not only cost-effective in comparison to using solely concrete, but provides a sounder structure through a highly efficient use of materials simultaneously reducing its carbon footprint.
There are also numerous sustainability components to the building from LED lighting, motion sensors, and electro-tinting glass to rain gardens, and ample daylighting.
Before, many BCT students like Barnes took classes in other buildings on campus like the Fine Arts Center. However, these buildings lacked the necessary resources and materials needed to succeed at a professional level.