The $165 million, 310,000 S.F. Life Science Laboratories (LSL) facility provides state-of-the-art laboratory space for interdisciplinary research clusters engaged in cutting edge studies. Laboratory support platforms adjoin offices and labs to foster a highly collaborative environment, and promote the exchange of ideas between students and faculty from several different fields including: Biochemistry, Food Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, and Environmental Conservation.
The LSL facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration and applied research to help shorten the gap between scientific innovation and technological advancement. The building anticipates future change and growth in the field of science through flexible and adaptable laboratory spaces that can be reconfigured multiple times over the life of the building. The project is Certified LEED Gold.
- Site location enhances the open space and landscape of the east campus
- Green infrastructure improves the quality of stormwater runoff from site
- Native and adaptive plant species selected for drought resistance
- Easily accessible to the PVTA bus system and core campus community services
- Onsite bike storage with dedicated parking for low-efficient and fuel-efficient vehicles
- 91% of site, and 87% of roof utilize reflective materials to mitigate the heat island effect
- Achieved a 49% reduction in potable water use via the installation of ultra low-flow plumbing fixtures
- Rain garden with water storage. Awarded an Excellence in Landscape Architecture for General Design Honor by The Society of College and University Planning (SCUP)
Energy & Atmosphere
- Cut overall energy use by 30% through daylight shelves, demand-controlled heat recovery ventilation, low flow fume hoods, and exterior façade optimization with glazing and shading
- Accessible thermal and lighting controls
Materials & Resources
- 22% of building materials were extracted, processed, and manufactured regionally
- 81% of construction wastes were diverted from landfill
- 19% of new construction materials utilize recycled content
- 62% of wood products are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified
Indoor Environmental Air Quality
- Low-VOC carpeting, paints, adhesives, sealings, and coatings
- Pollutant collecting floor mats and HVAC filters
Innovation In Design
- Participated in an active Demand-Response Program with a comprehensive survey
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- UMass Celebrates Official Opening of New $160 Million Life Science Building - MassLive
- Gov. Patrick and the Mass. Life Sciences Center Announce Over $100 Million in Capital Grant Funding for Projects in Western Mass. - UMass Amherst News & Media Relations
- UMass Amherst Employs Core and Shell Strategy for Life Science Laboratories - Tradeline
- Life Science Laboratories at UMass Amherst Honored for Landscape Architecture by Society of College and University Planning - UMass Amherst News & Media Relations
- UMass Amherst Launches Institute for Applied Life Sciences - UMass Amherst News & Media Relations
- Cutting-edge Science: UMass, State Formally Launch $150M Life Sciences Institute at Flagship - The Daily Hampshire Gazette
- Life Science Laboratories - Wilson Architects
- Life Science Laboratories at UMass Amherst Achieved LEED Gold Certification - Wilson Architects
- Life Science Laboratories - Tradeline
- Life Science Laboratories - Towers-Golde, LLC.