Design Building Blog

IDB_exterior_View from NPleasant

Construction is underway on the 87,500-square-foot, $52 million Design Building. Set to open in Spring 2017, it will house three academic programs from three separate colleges, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Architecture from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Building Construction Technology program from the College of Natural Sciences.

Our new Departmental mailing address will be:
Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
210 Design Building
University of Massachusetts
551 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA  01003-2901

  • Architect: Leers Weinzapfel Associates 
  • Landscape Architect: Stephen Stimson Associates 
  • Project Manager: Hill International
  • Construction Manager (CMAR): Suffolk Construction
  • Engineering: Equilibrium Consulting, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 
  • MEP & sustainability: BVH, Atelier Ten

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Video: New Design Building Showcases State-of-the-Art Wood Construction Technology
UMass News & Media Relations, 2/24/2017

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LARP Moving Day
1/9/2017

LARP will be moving into the Design Building on January 9th and 10th, 2017.

Follow the construction progress...

Design Building - photo by Mike Davidsohn (LARP)
Photo by Mike Davidsohn

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New Departmental mailing address
10/19/2016

Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
210 Design Building
University of Massachusetts
551 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA  01003-2901

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Vote Today for DB Award!
5/2/2016

The Design Building has been nominated in the Education category for a 'The Plan' Award.

Voting ends May 2nd, and takes just a moment. 

http://www.theplan.it/eng/contest/shortlist/19

and hit the shamrock button, and that counts as a vote.  10 seconds!
 

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LARP Admitted Grad Students toured the Design Building site
3/21/2016

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Video: Design Building Progress
UMass News Office 3/18/2016

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Leers Weinzapfel Associates: On Collaboration, Sustainable Buildings, and Timber Structures
Sketchup Blog 3/10/2016

"We use SketchUp because it is nimble and easy to use and it allows us to develop our designs quickly. We start in SketchUp and stay there throughout the design process."

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Watch: High-tech timber erected at UMass
TheSuffolkBlog.com 2/23/2016

Arriving on a perfectly sunny day, it was hard to miss the building rising from the campus. Massive large timber columns, beams and panels form a structural frame that is strikingly solid and beautiful. The “high-tech wood” is light, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing. It’s not your typical composite material. You can actually see the grains in the columns that will ultimately be left exposed inside the 86,000-square-foot UMass Design Building.

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Campus Celebrates Construction of Sustainable Design Building
UMass 10/16/2015

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Innovative UMass Design Building 'designed by designers for designers to teach design'
Masslive 10/16/2015

AMHERST — For years, Michael Davidson has been teaching landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts in a building that was a former dorm.

He can't wait for the new $52 million Design Building to be finished. He can keep track of the building's progress from the former Hills dorm overlooking the site.

"It's very exciting," he said. "This is designed by designers for designers ... to teach design," and will serve as a teaching tool in its own right.

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Timber’s Transformation: An Old Building Material is Reborn
Metropolis Mag 9/1/2015

We ask: If the 19th century modern building technology was associated with steel and the 20thcentury with concrete, could the 21st be the century of “MCT,” mass construction timber? Wood, one of the world’s oldest (and greenest) building materials, was the de facto construction material in American cities for over two centuries, falling out of favor when non-combustible materials capable of building high and wide emerged.

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Design Building Presentation
4/24/2015

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