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About the Project

This four-storey 87,500 SF academic facility will house the school of integrated design at the university of Massachusetts in Amherst. The program will include offices, design studios, lecture theatres, laboratories and the required ancillary spaces.

In keeping with the school’s main purpose, the structure will be largely exposed, and will consist of 5 ply CLT-concrete composite floor panels supported by a glulam post and beam structure. The structure will be designed to integrated services and incorporate acoustic and fire performance.

This project will be one of the largest timber structure in the US, and one of the largest wood-concrete composite project in the world. The Design Building will set a new standard of quality and performance for institutional timber construction in the US, and demonstrate how state-of-the-art timber construction can meet the demanding performance requirements of large post-secondary educational facilities.

Location: Amherst, Massachusetts

Client: University of Massachusetts

Architect: Leers Weinzpfel Associates Architects

Budget: US $42 million

Completion: September 2017