Campus Planning: A division of Facilities & Campus Services

PHYSICAL SCIENCES BUILDING
PHYSICAL SCIENCES BUILDING

PHYSICAL SCIENCES BUILDING

CONTENTS


    BUILDING OVERVIEW
    SUSTAINABLE FEATURES
    RESOURCES

 

BUILDING OVERVIEW


Northwest Aerial Perspective

Northwest Aerial Perspective - Courtesy of Wilson Architects

QUICK FACTS

UMass Project Manager
Joe Balzano
Owner's Project Manager
DCAMM
Architect
Wilson Architects
Sustainability Consultant
Vidaris, Inc.
Construction Manager
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Timeline
Spring 2015 - April 2018
Address
690 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9303
 


The Physical Sciences Building (PSB) provides a mix of flex laboratories and office space to accommodate a wide variety of physics, computational, and synthetic chemistry research. At 82,500 square feet spread across three flexible levels, the building is designed to be reconfigured many times over its life to serve evolving research needs.

As part of the project, the existing West Experiment Station (WES) was disassembled, relocated, and rebuilt on a brand new foundation. Interior renovations to the WES increased its usable space by 50%. The rehabilitated structure now houses 20 faculty and graduate student offices from the departments of Physics and Chemistry. Interior bridges connect the Physical Sciences Building to the WES and neighboring Goessmann Laboratory.

Completed in April 2018, the project received LEED Gold Certification.

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SUSTAINABLE FEATURES


Sustainable Sites

  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Walkable to a library, hotel, restaurants, and other community services. Easy access to seven PVTA campus bus routes
  • Campus wide parking policy with discounts for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
  • Compact building footprint maximizes 60% vegetated, open green space on site in addition to pedestrian accessible walkways
  • Strategic hardscaping and light colored roofing mitigates heat island effect
  • Walkable Relocation and remediation of the West Experiment Station (WES) introduces 50% usable space

Water Efficiency

  • Water efficient landscaping improves site ecology without permanent irrigation methods
  • 30% reduction in potable water use via low-flow plumbing fixtures

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Overall energy performance optimized by 30%
  • Select refrigerants used to minimize contributions to global warming and ozone depletion
  • Shut the Sash initiative encourages users to manually close the vent hood when not in use to promote safety and energy savings
  • Implemented enhanced commissioning to ensure that the building’s systems perform as intended post-occupancy

Materials & Resources

  • Diverted 84% of construction wastes from landfill
  • 24% of building materials extracted, processed, and manufactured regionally
  • 17% of building materials contain recycled content
  • 88% of wood products are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified 

Indoor Environmental Air Quality

  • Developed and implemented an Indoor Air Quality Plan during construction and before occupancy
  • Low-VOC flooring, paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and composite wood
  • Pollutant-collecting floor mats, HVAC filters, and isolated chemical storage ensure personal health and safety
  • Individual lighting and temperature controls allow occupants to make adjustments for maximum comfort
  • Thermal comfort survey administered to building occupants following project completion
  • CO2 sensors ensure adequate fresh air is provided to densely occupied spaces
  • Negative air pressure and self-closing doors present in rooms with hazardous gases or chemicals to help keep occupants safe
  • Both return and outside air filtered before delivered as supply air

Innovation In Design

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RESOURCES


GOOGLE STREET VIEW

Tour the Physical Sciences Building construction site! Click and drag to look around. Use the middle mouse button to zoom in and out, and click the directional markers to navigate between spaces. The interface is compatible with Google Cardboard and other mobile virtual reality headsets using the Google Street View app.

 

 

GALLERY

Click each photo below for an enlarged view. Construction and northwest aerial perspectives courtesy of DCAMM. All other images courtesy of Wilson Architects.

Northwest Aerial Perspective During Construction

Construction Aerial Perspective

Northwest Aerial Perspective

Northwest Aerial Perspective

Northwest Exterior Perspective

Northwest Exterior Perspective

Northeast Exterior Perspective

Northeast Exterior Perspective

First Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Common Area

Common Area

Laboratory

Laboratory

Laboratory

Laboratory

First Floor Corridor

First Floor Corridor

First Floor Corridor

First Floor Corridor

Northwest Exterior Perspective

Northwest Exterior Perspective

North Exterior Perspective

North Exterior Perspective

West Experiment Station Brickwork Detail

WES Brickwork Detail

East Exterior Perspective

East Exterior Perspective

 

 

VIDEOS

Video - Recreating West Experiment Station

Recreating West Experiment Station

 

Video - Brick by Brick Reconstruction of West Experiment Station

Brick by Brick Reconstruction of West Experiment Station

 

UMass To Build $85M Science Building

 

 

LEED PROJECT SCORECARD

LEED Project Scorecard

BUILDING USER MANUAL

Coming Soon!

   

GREEN BUILDING BROCHURE

Green Building Brochure

LEED PROJECT DASHBOARD

Coming Soon!

 

 

 

ARTICLES

New Physical Sciences Building officially opens
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian - 4/8/19

UMass Amherst Celebrates Opening of Physical Sciences Building
Boston Real Estate Times - 4/9/19

Completed Physical Sciences Building, Rebuilt Horse Barn Among New Sights for Fall Semester
UMass News & Media Relations - 9/6/18

Major Campus Construction Projects on Schedule
UMass News & Media Relations - 2/1/2018

Interim Director of Campus Planning Gives Update on Master Plan and Campus Development at UMass
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian - 2/1/2018

New Physical Science Building to be Completed in Spring 2018
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian - 10/12/2017

Major Construction Projects on View as Semester Begins
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 8/23/2017

Video: Recreating West Experiment Station
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 4/26/2017

Construction, Renovation Projects Continue as Classes Resume
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 8/23/2017

New Buildings On Campus Reflect Changing Academic Styles
Amherst Wire - 11/1/2016

Construction, Renovation Projects Continue as Classes Resume
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 8/31/2016

Video: Brick by Brick Reconstruction of West Experiment Station
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 12/11/2015

Rebuilding the West Experiment Station
Wilson Architects - December 2015

New Construction, Renovations Greet Returning Students, Faculty
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 9/3/2015

New Fence Line for Physical Sciences Building Project to be Established July 6
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 7/2/2015

Physical Sciences Building Project Requires Parking Lot, Bus Stop Changes
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 6/11/2015

Sidewalks Blocked for Preliminary Work for New Physical Sciences Building
UMass Amherst News & Media Relations - 3/16/2015

UMass Amherst Has New Projects In Design Phase, Including Physical Sciences Building
MassLive - 12/13/2013

Physical Science Building May Be Built At UMass
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian - 9/29/2011

Physical Sciences Building
UMass Amherst Design & Construction Management

UMass Physical Sciences Building Construction
Adobe Spark

Physical Sciences Building
Gale Associates, Inc.

UMass Amherst - Physical Sciences Building
Mass.gov

Physical Sciences Building - University of Massachusetts Amherst
Wilson Architects

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