The University of Massachusetts Amherst

In Pictures

Benchmark: Designing and Building Green for Sustainability

The image above shows a bench detail comprised of three layers of wood topped by a layer of pink insulation, topped in turn, by a concrete slab. Slender pieces of vertically embedded metal bind the wood to the polished concrete top. Produced as a student project in the UMass Amherst Building and Construction Technology (BCT) program, the design gives a modern technical twist to timber construction, here used in a structural composite beam system. A similar system is being used in the floors of the campus’s 87,500-square-foot Design Building under construction, which will serve as a large-scale laboratory for sustainable architectural and landscape design, materials research, and the latest building technologies. The new building will also house the BCT program and the Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning departments. Learn more.

Image credit: John Solem