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Artist's rendering of the ISB interior.

Integrated Design Building

Project Description

The four-story, 87,200GSF Integrated Design Building (IDB) will be located on the southern portion of parking Lot 62 immediately to the north of Studio Arts Building.  It will house three academic programs from three separate colleges in a single facility: Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Architecture from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Building Construction Technology program from the College of Natural Sciences.  The total project cost is $52 million. 

The project exemplifies the University's commitment to sustainable and innovative design and the pedagogic value of integrating three academic programs.  Thanks to a grant through the 2014 Environmental Bond Bill, the IDB will also serve as a demonstration of new and innovative wood construction technologies.

The IDB will integrate the latest wood technologies including a structural system consisting of exposed heavy engineered timber and cross laminated timber (CLT) decking and shear walls.  An elegant "zipper truss" will span the two-story high building commons space.  The exterior cladding incorporates a glazed curtain wall system and an aluminum panel rain-screen system.  Exterior landscape consists of active rainwater detention basins and local stone elements that will extend into the building.

The IDB is intended to be a showcase of integrated design that is expressive of today's state-of-the-art building technology.  The proposed design takes the form of a stacked courtyard with a collegial layout that provides a centrally located two-story commons for group activities, and is surrounded by studios, classrooms, workshops, and offices.  The first floor will also contain a large meeting room, fabrication and materials testing shops, dining, classroom and research space.  The second and third floors will contain studios, classrooms and offices, and a smaller fourth floor will contain studios.  The two-story commons area will feature an open zipper truss and large skylight.  Many program spaces including studios, fabrication shops and offices will feature polished concrete floors and exposed structural deck and beams.  It is the design intent that the finishes will be limited to reveal various components of the buildings' mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems for teaching purposes. The IDB will integrate the latest wood technologies including a structural system consisting of exposed heavy engineered timber and cross laminated timber (CLT) decking and shear walls.  An elegant "zipper truss" will span the two-story high building commons space.  The exterior cladding incorporates a glazed curtain wall system and an aluminum panel rain-screen system.  Exterior landscape consists of active rainwater detention basins and local stone elements that will extend into the building.

The designers of the project are Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects of Boston, Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects, BVH Integrated Service for Mechanical and Electrical engineering, and Equilibrium Consulting from Vancouver B.C. Canada as the structural designers.  The project is financed through the University of Massachusetts Building Authority and is currently in design phase.  Construction is scheduled to begin in March of 2015, and the building will be occupied in the spring of 2017.