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West Exterior Perspective

UMass Project Manager
Jeff Quackenbush
Owner's Project Manager
Designer / Architect
Wilson Architects
Construction Manager
February 2010 - September 2013

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.



Sustainable Sites​

  • 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

Water Efficiency

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



Green Building Brochure

Click here to access an interactive green building brochure for the Life Science Laboratories (LSL).

LEED Project Dashboard

Click here to view LEED project score information and statistics for the Life Science Laboratories (LSL).

LEED Project Scorecard

Click here to view the official LEED project scorecard for the Life Science Laboratories (LSL).


Photo Gallery

South Exterior Perspective

South Exterior Perspective

Exterior Courtyard

Interior Stairwell

Interior Corridor

Laboratory Interior

Southwest Exterior Perspective

Southeast Exterior Perspective

Images 1-3, 5, and 7-9 courtesy of Wilson Architects. Image 4 courtesy of Mountain View. Image 6 by Don Treeger, courtesy of MassLive.


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