Photo by Langer Hsu / Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Solution

University of Massachusetts, John W. Olver Design Building

Amherst, MA

Client

Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects

Completion

2017

Awards

2018 Jury’s Choice for Wood Innovation, WoodWorks
2018 Engineering Excellence Grand Award, American Council of Engineering Companies
2018 Engineering Excellence Gold Award, American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts
2017 U.S. Building of the Year, World-Architects magazine
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

Photo by Alexander C. Schreyer / University of Massachusetts

Photo by Alexander C. Schreyer / University of Massachusetts

Photo by Albert Vecerka/Esto

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.