Life Science Laboratories at UMass Amherst Honored for Landscape Architecture by Society of College and University Planning

AMHERST, Mass. – The Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) has awarded an Excellence in Landscape Architecture for General Design Honor to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for its Life Science Laboratories (LSL).

SCUP, which recognizes exemplary planning, design, and implementation of firms, institutions and individuals, announced the award at its international conference held July 11-15 in Chicago.

A state-of-the-art facility that opened in fall 2013, the Life Science Laboratories (LSL) has a variety of flexible lab spaces for interdisciplinary research. It earned LEED Gold certification, a high level in the green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in spring 2015.

“It was designed to integrate into the surrounding landscape and Wilson Architect and RDK Engineers did a great job to implementing our design goals,” said Jim Hunt, communications manager for Facilities & Campus Services at UMass Amherst.

The LSL has many sustainably related features. The facilities daylight shelves, demand controlled ventilation, heat recovery system, and exterior shading allow it to use 33 percent less energy than comparable buildings. The LSL was developed to reduce water usage by 49 percent with low flow fixtures and reclaimed water from sewage conveyance. During LSL’s construction, 81 percent of construction material was diverted from landfills. The structure has vegetated open space that is greater than the building’s total footprint and provides access to three bus lines and 46 bike racks. LSL is one of six buildings at UMass Amherst that have been LEED Gold certified.


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