University of Massachusetts, Design Building

Photo by Alexander C. Schreyer / University of Massachusetts

Solution

University of Massachusetts, Design Building

Amherst, MA

Client

Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects

Completion

2017

Awards

2017 Most Innovative Project Award (less than $100 million), Architectural Engineering Institute
2017 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award (New Buildings $20 to $100 Million), National Council of Structural Engineering Associations
2017 Awards of Merit for Structural Systems Design and Architectural Engineering Integration, Architectural Engineering Institute
2017 Award of Merit, Higher Education/Research Category, ENR New England
University of Massachusetts, Design Building

Photo by Langer Hsu / Leers Weinzapfel Associates

University of Massachusetts, Design Building

Photo by Alexander C. Schreyer / University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts, Design Building

Photo by Langer Hsu / Leers Weinzapfel Associates

The university wanted to bring their design programs – Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and Building and Construction Technology – together in one creatively designed building exemplifying their focus on sustainable construction practices. A steel- or concrete-framed structure would be the conventional choice for this building’s size and use, but the new Design Building features a mass timber superstructure to maximize renewable materials. SGH was the engineer of record for this project.