FURCOLO SCHOOL OF EDUCATION RENOVATIONS
FURCOLO SCHOOL OF EDUCATION RENOVATIONS

FURCOLO SCHOOL OF EDUCATION RENOVATIONS

PROJECT OVERVIEW


East Entry

UMass Project Manager
Burt Ewart
UMBA Project Manager
STV / DPM
Designer / Architect
Perkins+Will
Construction Manager
Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Timeline
Fall 2014 - March 2016
 

The $22.5 million, 100,000 S.F. 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 building’s program includes offices, conference rooms, flexible classrooms, computer labs, and a café. A series of open learning areas with computer workstations, soft seating, and kitchenettes are interspersed with groupings of faculty offices and meeting rooms. Together, through a bright, open, and colorful design, these spaces create an invigorating place to work, learn, and educate.

The school is named after John Foster Furcolo, who established the community college system in Massachusetts. The project was completed in January 2016, and is currently targeting LEED Silver Certification.

 

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES


Sustainable Sites​

  • Located near several community services, including a fitness center, library, and student center
  • Directly accessible to four PVTA bus routes
  • Staff bike storage with shower and changing facilities provided onsite
  • Discounted parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles

Water Efficiency

  • Anticipating a 20% reduction in potable water use via low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Filtered-water stations promote the use of reusable water bottles
  • Water-efficient landscaping utilizes natural irrigation systems

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Anticipating an overall energy use reduction of 24%

Materials & Resources

  • Building renovation reuses existing walls, floors, and roof
  • Diverted demolition and construction wastes from landfill
  • New construction materials utilize recycled content
  • Building materials were extracted, processed, and manufactured regionally
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified wood

Indoor Environmental Air Quality

  • Developed and implemented an Indoor Air Quality (AIQ) Plan during construction and pre-occupancy
  • Low-VOC flooring, paints, adhesives, and sealants
  • Indoor chemical and pollutant source control via floor mats and air filters
  • Individual lighting and thermal comfort controls enable occupants to make adjustments for maximum comfort

Innovation In Design

  • Green Housekeeping Program incorporates staff training of cleaning processes, chemicals, and occupant feedback
  • Green Public Education Program

 

RESOURCES


Green Building Brochure

Click here to access an interactive green building brochure for the Furcolo Hall Renovations.

LEED Project Dashboard

Click here to view LEED project score information and statistics for the Furcolo Hall Renovations.

Photo Gallery

Entry Lobby

Common Area

Classroom

Common Area

All images courtesy of Perkins+Will. 

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