UMass Design Building

Location

Amherst, Massachusetts

Building Type

Educational

Square footage

87,000 sqft

Product Supplied

Fasteners

The first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building in the United States, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Design Building, was the largest installation of wood concrete composites in North America of its time. The design building is shared between the UMass’s Department of Environmental Conservation (Building and construction technology program), the Department of Architecture, and the Department of landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.

The building itself serves as a teaching tool for the students by implementing several advanced technologies like, the zipper truss, layered composite floor system (consisting of concrete, timber, and steel mesh). Exposed structural glulam elements providing a warm and natural feel to the building, allowing the 70,000 cubic feet of wood and its welcome essence to diffuse into the air. The University of Massachusetts Amherst Design Building marks America’s foray into the sustainable building potential of Mass Timber.

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