University of Massachusetts Amherst John W. Olver Design Building

  • Company/Studio
    Leers Weinzapfel Associates
  • Lead Designer(s)
    Andrea Leers, Faia, Principal, Principal In Charge
  • Design Team
    Josiah Stevenson, Faia, Leed Bd+C, Principal, Tom Chung Aia, Leed Bd+C, Principal, Jeffrey Fishbein Aia, Associate, Project Manager
  • Client
    Umass Amherst Steve Schrieber, Chair Prof. of Architecture
  • Credits
    photography: Albert Vecerka
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Company Profile

As the first and largest cross laminated timber (CLT) academic building in the US, The Design Building is a dynamic public space of exchange, display, collaboration, research, and experimentation celebrating a shared commitment to sustainability. To create a center space of collaboration, studios, faculty offices and classrooms surround a skylit Commons for gathering and presentations. The building also forms a green roof terrace, used during the day for outdoor classes and in the evenings for university-wide receptions.

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