An Education in Mass Timber

September 1, 2018
Publication: Civil + Structural Engineer
Author(s): Greggrey Cohen Jeffrey Langlois Nancy Varney

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.