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, Architectural Engineering Institute
2017 Awards of Merit for Structural Systems Design and Architectural Engineering Integration, Architectural Engineering Institute
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.