Phase One of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst's new Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) includes classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories for biochemistry, biology, chemistry, life sciences, and molecular biology. The 173,000-gsf facility's pedestrian-oriented siting channels the flow of people from the academic campus through a terraced courtyard and into the concourse. A dramatic four-story steel and glass passageway runs the entire length of the classroom wing, guiding students through a series of balconies, bridges and stairs that facilitate movement between levels, wings, laboratories, and classrooms. The enormous south-facing window creates a "Showcase of Science" to the courtyard and east campus beyond.
The Integrated Sciences Building meets LEED Silver requirements and represents a new model for energy efficiency at the University. The south-facing concourse curtainwall is protected from excessive heat gain by a terra cotta louver sunscreen that is supported by a steel exoskeleton of horizontal and vertical trusses. The exo-skeleton provides structural support while providing embedded catwalks to facilitate window washing.
Ventilation impact is reduced through 150 high-efficiency, low-flow fume hoods, reduced air charge rates, and an enthalpy wheel heat recovery system. Other energy reductions include water reclamation, a green roof, rubber flooring, and extensive use of bamboo in the millwork and casework. Convenient, well-placed staircases minimize elevator usage. The building exterior is a juxtaposition of brick and curtainwall elements. The primary material of the building is warm-toned red brick with bronze accents, matching the nearby buildings. The concourse employs a four story high curtainwall sunscreen of gray terracotta rods that also serves to complement the brickwork. Unique study modules (also known as “treehouses”) appear to float within the sunscreen and are clad with terra cotta tile.
When completed, the 155,000-gsf Phase Two component of the ISB will add life sciences classrooms, upper level molecular biology and biochemistry laboratories, as well as additional research laboratories for the departments of Biology and Chemistry. Both phases are designed as three wings extending the current L-shape into a U-shape that will enclose the courtyard at the northern end of the Stockbridge campus open space. The completed project will include two laboratory wings, at the east and west of the courtyard, joined by a shared classroom wing to the north.
“The Integrated Sciences Building’s design captures the goals articulated by many faculty members over several years of planning,” says Gierasch. “We wanted a building that fostered interaction among different traditional physical and life sciences disciplines, invited collaboration, inspired student interest, offered the best science teaching spaces possible, and retained warmth and beauty while doing all of this.”
|Building Owner:||University of Massachusetts, Amherst|
|Building Location:||Amherst, Mass. UNITED STATES|
|Project Type:||New Construction|
|Principal Building Function:||Life sciences teaching and research facility|
|Project Delivery Method:||Design/Build|
|Cost Per Sq. Ft:||$532|
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Education: Life Sciences
|Consultant - MEP Engineer||R.G. Vanderweil Engineers|
|Consultant - Structural Engineer||Lim Consultants|
|General Contractor||Gilbane Building Company|
|Profile Created 02/16/2010|
|Last Updated 02/16/2010|
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