George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building

George N Parks building


Project Overview

LEED Certification: V2.2 Gold (April 2012)
Completed: August 2011
Architect/Engineer: Kuhn Riddle Architects
Project Manager: Burt Ewart

Project Purpose

This building serves as the much-needed on-campus home for the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, one of thirteen collegiate marching band programs nation-wide to be awarded the Sudler Trophy by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation.

The building provides a consolidated location that meets all the needs of the Marching Band in one place.

The project facilitated the construction of a space with the ability to house large indoor practice sessions and provide performance space capable of accommodating the entire 300-strong marching band, as well as two smaller group practice spaces. The building also incorporates the existing Grinnell Arena practice space for the band’s percussion section, instrument, uniform and music storage, and still has space remaining for proper offices and conference rooms used by band staff.

Accessibility was a crucial consideration for design and construction, and the finished building is fully accessible to those living with physical disabilities.

Sustainability Features

Site Selection: The UMMB building and design team repurposed an existing site on campus, promoting the use of existing infrastructure, protecting green-fields, and preserving native plant and animal habitat and natural resources.

Alternative Transportation: Located near public transportation, UMMB helps promote the use of public transportation to reduce the negative impacts of automobile use. Bicycle storage is available to accommodate the entire building, also in an effort to promote non-motorized transport.

Water Management: This project helped to reduce the need for irrigation on campus by introducing drought-tolerant plant species. Due to these efforts, the landscaping does not require permanent irrigation, thus reducing the amount of potable water used on site as well. Low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce potable water use indoors by a calculated 47,800 gallons annually, diminishing the building’s water consumption by approximately 37.6 % compared with conventional buildings of the same type.

Energy Efficiency: The project is designed with high-efficiency mechanical systems, increased insulation, aggressive glazing choices and efficient lighting design to reduce the overall energy cost by greater than 31.7% more than conventional buildings, and more than the LEED base case.

Waste Management: UMASS and its contractor committed to recycling at least 75% of the construction waste produced during the construction process, reducing the burden on local landfills.

Material Selection: The building was designed to maximize the use of materials with a high recycled content, thereby reducing negative impacts that result from extracting and processing virgin materials. The project also used regionally extracted and produced building materials whenever possible to reduce the negative environmental impacts that result from transportation, while also supporting local economies.

Indoor Environmental Air Quality: The ventilation strategy introduces fresh air at least 30% above the required rate. This improves the indoor environment for learning. The contractors also implemented a construction IAQ management plan to help sustain the comfort and well-being of construction workers and building occupants, with controls to adjust lighting and temperature levels. To confirm a high level of occupant satisfaction, UMASS has agreed to conduct thermal comfort surveys during occupancy. Indoor air pollutants are restricted as well, with the elimination of paints, adhesives and carpeting materials that contain high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Educational Outreach: The building is used as a “teaching tool” to educate visitors about the benefits of sustainable design and stands as an example to showcase important green building features.

George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building Exterior
George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building Dedication with Marching Band