Leers Weinzapfel Associates recommended for Integrated Design Building at UMass

Leers Weinzapfel Associates recommended for Integrated Design Building at UMass

  Boston-based Architecture firm Leers Weinzapfel Associates has been recommended to Katherine Craven, the Executive Director of the UMBA, to be the design firm for the Integrated Design Building at UMass. As mentioned before, this building will in a few years become the new home for BCT, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and Architecture+Design. We are looking forward to working with this excellent design firm to create the most sustainable and most exciting building on the UMass Amherst campus. In the meantime, we would like to thank the selection committee and especially our graduate student representative Patricia O'Flaherty for their hard work on making this happen....
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Designer RFP for UMass Integrated Design Building (the future home of BCT) has been released

Designer RFP for UMass Integrated Design Building (the future home of BCT) has been released

The University of Massachusetts (technically, it's the UMBA) is planning a building that will bring together BCT, Architecture, and LARP (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning) on the Amherst campus. Since this will be our new home, we are envisioning this building to be a showcase green and sustainable building. The designer RFP has been released a little while ago (8/7/2013) and can be accessed via the link below: http://www.massachusetts.edu/buildingauthority/baamhertstbidocs.html If your company is interested in submitting a bid, please note the deadline at the end of the month. Please forward this to potentially interested parties....
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UMass Amherst Named to Princeton Review’s ‘Green Honor Roll’

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the top 22 among more than 800 colleges nationwide recognized this month as a “Green Honor Roll School” by The Princeton Review. Giving the flagship campus of the Commonwealth’s public university system a perfect 99 on a 99-point scale this week, the Review’s annual Best 378 Colleges guide salutes schools for being “environmentally aware and responsible institutions.” Specifically, the reviewers say the ranking considers whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable, how well a school is preparing students not only for employment in the clean energy economy of the 21st century, but also for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental challenges, and how environmentally responsible a school’s policies are. This is the third time in four years that UMass Amherst has been recognized by the Princeton Review for its sustainability programs and accomplishments, but a first for making the Honor Roll. President...
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Ben Weil Releases Holdsworth Hall Retrofit and Renovation Report for Energy Efficiency

Proposed Holdsworth Hall Retrofit and Renovation would reduce energy usage by 63% and carbon dioxide emissions by 82% The recommendations in this report are the product of a detailed and careful examination and exploration of the building and its operations. Begun as a project in a graduate course taught by Ben Weil, Extension Assistant Professor in Building Energy, the final report was further developed and refined by Weil, and two graduate students in Building Systems, Carl Fiocchi, and Katherine McCusker. The key findings are: (1) very significant energy savings can be achieved at moderate cost, without affecting the basic architectural design, and (2) the building is a complex system, and no change can be considered in isolation. Single measures may achieve savings, but cannot maximize savings or performance without complementary changes in related systems. A final package of recommended measures, reducing the energy consumptions of Holdsworth by 63%, will define a new building system with emergent properties that make for a qualitatively different and...
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