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University of Massachusetts Amherst - Integrative Learning Center

Creating academic space inside and out

  • 350

    Seat Auditorium

  • $95M

    Project Value

  • Amherst, Massachusetts

    Amherst, Massachusetts

Recommending improvements to existing facilities and new academic buildings at the University of Massachusetts

While university leaders were well aware that they needed to provide more academic space, the question was where and how. Our architectural team tackled this problem by completing two overlapping tracks to ease the space crunch. On one track, we conducted a comprehensive assessment of all existing facilities to determine their attributes and deficiencies. We then identified several areas where improvements could be made to update existing facilities and improve space.

Our second track involved site selection for a new academic building with an eye towards not only adding space, but also finding a way to enrich campus life. After evaluating nine sites, the best spot proved to be an underutilized area that was serving as a back lawn to other campus buildings and was mostly inaccessible due to natural and architectural barriers. We designed an L shaped building that faces the open space and internally provides a range of academic facilities. Externally we used the site’s natural topography to create public space, connect key pedestrian pathways, and accomplish grade changes that could not be easily negotiated before to bring activity into the open. 

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Christian Phillips
Meet Our Team

Mike DeOrsey, Senior Associate, Digital Practice Manager

What we do with technology helps people all across the company do what they do better.
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Garry McCarthy, Principal, Water

I work to develop and improve the facilities and infrastructure that deliver essential water resources to our communities and way of life.

Paul Pohlod, Principal

Architects and engineers continue to merge in relentless pursuit of excellence and with collaboration and passion achieve true integration.

Michael Reagan, Vice President, Sector Leader, Science & Technology

The laboratories we plan and design may ultimately contribute to the discovery of something that will significantly and positively impact our lives.
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Alex Wing, Principal, Education

Balancing analysis and design, I develop an optimal match between academic, research, and support facilities, and the client’s mission.
  • Mike DeOrsey

    Senior Associate, Digital Practice Manager

  • Garry McCarthy

    Principal, Water

  • Paul Pohlod

    Principal

  • Michael  Reagan

    Vice President, Sector Leader, Science & Technology

  • Alex Wing

    Principal, Education

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