University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Integrated Sciences Building

LOCATION
Amherst, MA / United States

COMPLETED
2009

TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE
162,675 GSF

PROGRAM COMPONENTS
Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, Research Labs, Teaching Labs

The Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) continues the trend of bringing multiple science departments under one roof while simultaneously serving as a campus link. Strategically located at the juncture of academic and residential precincts, its central atrium is a multistory “interaction engine,” welcoming sciences and non-science students alike and facilitating cross-campus connections. Three wood-clad treehouses along this pedestrian route provide memorable venues for study and collaboration.

The first of two phases, the ISB was conceived to be the terminus of a new pedestrian spine at the north end of what is currently an ill-defined campus precinct. Materials were selected to harmonize with nearby buildings and to provide a distinct tactile quality that can be perceived both up close and from afar. The glazed atrium, screened by grey terracotta rods, differentiates itself as the main public space and the focal point of a new campus green.
 

Photography: © Warren Jagger Photography

KEY TEAM MEMBERS
Robert J. Schaeffner, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal-in-Charge

Barry A. Shiel, AIA
Project Manager