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Artist's rendering of the ISB interior.

George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building 


Project Description

The new building will be the on-campus home for the Power and Class of New England, the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, one of thirteen collegiate marching band programs nation-wide to be awarded the Sudler Trophy by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation.

What the building will provide for the Marching Band:

  • A place with visibility and presence that provides a single home for all the Band's needs in one place;
  • A large indoor practice and performance space that can contain the entire 300- strong marching band; 
  • Incorporates the existing Grinnell Arena practice space for the Band's fabulous percussion section;
  • Two smaller group practice spaces;
  • Room for storage of instruments, uniforms and music;
  • Proper office and conference space for band staff;
  • A building fully accessible to people with physical disabilities.
Energy Reduction and Sustainability Strategies

Registered for certification under the US Green Building Council's LEED program, with:

  • Landscaping using native plantings, not requiring irrigation;

    Non-heat-absorbent roofing and paving materials;
  • Tightly sealed and heavily insulated walls and roof; High performance thermal-break aluminum windows, curtain walls and doorways;

  • Demand-controlled energy recovery ventilation, which recycles heating and cooling energy into the outside air used to provide healthy indoor conditions; Total energy use substantially below Massachusetts Energy Code standards;

  • Recycling of 75% of construction waste and extensive use of recycled materials in construction; Substantial use of materials produced and fabricated locally;

  • Use of zero, or very low, VOC coatings, adhesives and sealants.

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