George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building
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.
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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