In 2008, the university mandated that all new construction and major renovations on campus achieve a minimum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Green building standards guide UMass in a continued discovery of the role that design, construction, and operations play in the sustainable future of our campus. Below is a list of campus LEED buildings and green infrastructure. Click each project below to explore an overview, green building brochure, and LEED statistics. Click here to view LEED certification activity campuswide.
- Campus Solar
- Champions Center
- CNS Research & Education Greenhouse
- Commonwealth Honors College
- Crotty Hall
- Design Building
- Football Performance Center
- Furcolo Hall Renovations
- George N. Parks Minutemen Marching Band Building
- Hampshire Dining Commons Renovation
- Integrated Sciences Building
- Integrative Learning Center
- Isenberg SOM Addition and Renovation - under construction
- Life Science Laboratories
- Lincoln Campus Center Dining Renovation
- Morill Courtyard Utilities
- North & ISB Chiller Plants - under construction
- North Residential Area
- Old Chapel Renovation
- Paige Laboratory Renovations
- Physical Sciences Building - under construction
- Police Station
- Recreation Center
- Robsham Memorial Center for Visitors Solar Parking Lot Canopy
- South College
- Southwest Concourse Renovation
- Studio Arts Building
LEED CERTIFIED BUILDINGS
The John Francis Kennedy Champions Center provides dedicated practice and training facilities for the UMass Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, and serves as the home for intramural basketball championships. The facility is located adjacent to the Mullins Center, and connected to the main arena via an enclosed walkway.
The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Research and Education Greenhouse provides teaching and research facilities for the Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences Department. The design balances the university’s historic, agrarian roots with the spirit of cutting-edge plant research, maximizing research capabilities through an open and flexible environment for botany instruction.
The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community (CHCRC) provides a living and working environment for the UMass Honors Program. The project combines academic and residential components to create a true living and learning community. The CHCRC is the largest capital project in campus history, and considered one of the best public university complexes of its kind in the nation.
The Design Building is located on the southern portion of parking Lot 62 north of the Studio Arts Building and houses the Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, and Building & Construction Technology academic programs. The building is intended to showcase integrated design through a stacked courtyard surrounded by studios, classrooms, workshops, and offices.
The new team facility includes adequate space for home team lockers, weight training, team meetings, coaching staff, and equipment storage. The old press box was demolished and replaced with the Martin and Richard Jacobson Press & Skybox Complex to support critical broadcast, media, hospitality, and game-day operational needs.
The renovations to Furcolo Hall and former Marks Meadow Elementary School bring together students, staff, and faculty members of the College of Education to form one college, one building, and one learning community. The revitalized spaces promote a highly collaborative environment, enriching teaching and research for students and staff across several different departments.
The George N. Parks Minutemen Marching Band Building is a permanent home for “The Pride and Class of New England.” The facility consolidates all of the needs of the marching band in one location and celebrates the legacy of the late George N. Parks, who directed the Minutemen Marching Band for over 30 years.
In 2013, Hampshire Dining Commons underwent a partial interior renovation to revitalize the aging facility. Existing kitchen and serving areas were converted into an open, circular plan with flexible cooking and serving stations located around the perimeter. Hampshire Dining Commons is now one of the healthiest and most sustainable dining operations in the nation.
The four story structure located in the center of campus provides 2,000 seats of new classroom space as well as space for several academic departments including Communication, Journalism, Linguistics, and Film Studies. Classrooms were designed to be fully equipped with newly developing educational technologies in addition to a number of the other digitally enabled learning spaces.
Isenberg SOM Addition and Renovation - under construction
This project will expand the existing Isenberg School of Management facility to include space for faculty and staff, an innovation center, learning commons and colloquium space, a simulated trading floor, and limited renovation of existing spaces.
The Life Science Laboratories (LSL) facility provides state-of-the-art laboratory space for interdisciplinary research clusters engaged in cutting edge studies. Laboratory support platforms adjoin offices and labs to foster a highly collaborative environment, and promote the exchange of ideas between students and faculty from several different fields including: Biochemistry, Food Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, and Environmental Conservation.
In 2015, the LCC concourse space was renovated with new equipment, lighting, and finishes to update the existing facility. Together, through improvements to the Blue Wall, the adjacent Harvest Market, and a brand new study space, the LCC concourse renovation has created an urban marketplace model for the next generation of campus dining.
New renovations to the iconic structure include a new entry pavilion, double height entry lobby with an elevator, multipurpose space, and the unveiling of the existing rose window on the north elevation viewed from the Great Hall for the first time since 1936.
The renovations to Paige Laboratory have transformed the existing building into a modern, energy-efficient, ADA-compliant research and administrative facility for the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. The project is designed to support current research while fostering new research initiatives, and serves as a recruiting tool for new faculty.
Physical Sciences Building - under construction
The Physical Sciences Building will provide new laboratory housing and office space, and include the relocation and rehabilitation of the existing West Experiment Station laboratory. The PSB program is designed to be flexible and accommodate a wide range of research pedagogies including physics, computational, and synthetic chemistry research laboratories.
The UMass Police Station is inviting and approachable to visitors, while maintaining the high level of safety and security required for a police station. The facility operates 24/7 around the clock, 365 days a year, and includes spaces for police training, patrol, investigation, and emergency response.
From 2015-2017, South College underwent a major renovation, restoration, and addition project. The existing structure was restored, and all major building systems were upgraded to meet code. A four-story, 60,000 S.F. addition was constructed on the west side of the building, housing common areas, faculty offices, and classrooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual systems. Together, The renovation and addition now serve as the primary home of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, including the departments of English, Philosophy, Art History, and Women, Gender & Sexual Studies.
OTHER GREEN BUILDINGS & INFRASTRUCTURE
As part of a long-term commitment to increasing clean, renewable energy generation on the UMass Amherst campus, the university installed solar arrays during 2016, bringing over 5 Megawatts (MW) DC of renewable, solar energy to the campus.
Crotty Hall is the first net-zero energy building on the UMass Amherst campus, and houses the Department of Economics from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Designed by Sigrid Miller-Pollin of the Architecture Department, the 16,800 S.F. academic building contains offices, conference rooms, and common areas to facilitate collaboration between faculty and graduate students.
The $114.5 million, 188,000 S.F. Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) combines the Life, Chemical, and Physical Sciences into one building to inspire new models of interdisciplinary teaching and research. Research spaces, modular laboratories, and common areas are all designed to foster synergy between students, professors, and research faculty from different departments across the sciences.
The university identified deficiencies and deterioration in the steam and underground utility systems in the corridor between Morrill II and IV. This extensive project addressed structurally deficient manholes, deteriorated asbestos-insulated steam lines, non-code compliant rails, and accessibility deficiencies around the Morrill Buildings.
North & ISB Chiller Plants - under construction
This year and a half project will replace the existing Polymer chiller plant, located on the west side of E-Lab II, with a new North chiller plant capable of roughly triple the capacity of its current chilled water service. At the existing ISB chiller plant, this project will make improvements through additional equipment installed for reliability and redundancy.
The $50 million, 120,000 S.F. Recreation Center provides modern equipment and facilities to promote a new era of campus health and fitness. The building contains two levels of weight training and fitness equipment, three multipurpose rooms for exercise classes, showers and locker rooms, a wellness center, juice bar, lounge space, and administrative offices for staff and recreational sports clubs. A three-court gymnasium can be divided for pick-up games, and is surrounded by a raised indoor track above. The building has become a major center of campus life, and serves an estimated 2,500 students daily.
Three solar photovoltaic parking canopies have been installed at the Robsham Memorial Center for Visitors parking lot on Massachusetts Avenue. The innovative project includes three Level 2 dual charging stations with each canopy providing up to 64kW of AC power for a total of 192kW AC. The solar canopies are the first of their kind at UMass and the first of their kind in the Amherst area.
The Southwest Concourse renovation is a comprehensive revitalization of a five-acre central pedestrian core, bordered by residential towers, dining halls, and student activity spaces within the 5,000-student Southwest Residential Area. The design incorporates campus and regional design influences to repopulate the landscape with native trees and plantings. Strategic variations in topography promote natural stormwater management, with minimal maintenance required.
The $26.5 million, 51,000 S.F. Studio Arts Building (SAB) consolidates various programs and disciplines under the Department of Art. The building contains individual studios for undergraduates, graduates and faculty, along with dedicated instructional studios for digital media, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and ceramics. Other components include meeting and gathering space, shops for wood and metal working, space for art critique and exhibition, and administrative offices.