New Facilities


Institute for Applied Life SciencesThe Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) supports the translation of fundamental discoveries made on campus into novel candidate medical devices, biomolecules, and delivery vehicles that benefit human health. Its 65,000-square-foot site supports 30 core facilities for use in life sciences research and development. It is advancing the university’s educational and economic development missions through training researchers skilled in the discovery, development, and manufacture of medical devices and biomolecules and in life science entrepreneurship. IALS works in close collaboration with industry partners to combine the best academic research and innovation with a goal-directed focus on partnerships that enable the development of commercially significant products, services, and technologies.


Design BuildingThe opening this year of the new Design Building continues UMass Amherst’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. At 87,000 square feet, it is the largest modern wood building in the Northeast. One of the first and most advanced institutional buildings in the region to employ cross-laminated timber construction, it annually saves the equivalent of more than 2,300 metric tons of carbon when compared to a traditional steel and concrete building—demonstrating why timber construction is gaining new favor these days.

By bringing together the departments of architecture, building and construction technology, and landscape architecture and regional planning, the Design Building creates opportunities for interdisciplinary research and learning. Students and faculty across those disciplines can collaborate under one roof.


PHYSICAL SCIENCES BUILDINGCurrently under construction and set to open in early 2018, the new Physical Sciences Building will provide state-of-the art laboratory, office, and conference spaces for faculty and students conducting work in chemistry and physics. It occupies approximately 100,000 square feet and 82,500 gross square feet of new construction on three levels, and is linked to the rehabilitated West Experiment Station.

The Physical Sciences Building project includes a flexible planning module that can accommodate a wide range of research pedagogies, including physics laboratories, computational laboratories, and synthetic chemistry research laboratories. The interior labs are designed to provide the greatest possible flexibility. Office spaces and lab-support spaces closely adjoin each other to enable the free flow of activity and personnel.