An Education in Mass Timber
The University of Massachusetts (UMass) wanted to bring its design programs ”Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and Building and Construction Technology” together in one creatively designed building exemplifying sustainable construction practices. While a steel- or concrete-framed structure would be conventional for this building’s size and use, the new John W. Olver Design Building features a timber-framed superstructure with an innovative composite floor system. The exposed wood structure emphasizes the potential of engineered wood elements while complementing and influencing the aesthetics inside and out.
Civil + Structural Engineer