PHYSICAL SCIENCES BUILDING
Currently 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.
Argricultural Learning Center Barn
The former campus horse barn, built in 1894 on Grinnell Way and unused for years, has been rebuilt and relocated and is now part of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture’s Agricultural Learning Center just north of campus. Last used by the UMass Amherst Police Department for its mounted patrol more than a decade ago, the iconic Queen Anne style structure was the last barn on the main campus. In its new life, the barn supports student agricultural activities and houses industry-standard equipment for washing and packing the approximately 75,000 pounds of vegetables produced by student farmers each year. The equipment is already operating for the year’s main harvest.
The 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.