Come join your green building colleagues for a tour of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s new University Hall. Located at the eastern edge of campus, the four story building had a phased opening to the community in beginning in January and fully opened for fall semester. It accommodates academic space needs, enhances campus and student life, and serves a large cross-representation of students, faculty, and staff. The building features state-of-the-art classrooms, specialized teaching spaces, as well as lounge and study spaces for the entire campus community – and it will also include new homes for several academic programs including performing arts, chemistry, computer science, and art departments. In support of UMass Boston’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the design of University Hall incorporates several innovative sustainable features focusing on energy use reduction. The intent is for the facility to operate at 25% lower energy use than a baseline building and will achieve 105 kBtu/sf/yr. University Hall is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, and is currently tracking LEED Gold. Key sustainable features include:
- high performance exterior envelope and glazing system
- cantilevered roof shades the southeast-facing glazed wall at the atrium to balance aesthetics and user comfort
- LED theatrical lights to reduce electrical load by 84 KW and the associated cooling load by 24 tons/year
- reduced lighting power density (20% better than code)
- heat recovery for lab space (run-around loop)
- “Cascade Economizer” control for lab ventilation
- reduced ventilation during unoccupied hours
The building is a part of the first phase of the University’s 25-year campus master plan which was developed to transform the campus into a cutting edge, sustainable, and attractive environment. The Master Plan identifies these new and renewed facilities to inspire and connect students, faculty, and staff with the University’s local, national, and global communities and to bolster ties with surrounding neighbors. The intent of the Master Plan is to re-center and reorganize the Campus space to create a more vibrant and engaging University community.
This event is sponsored by Pare Corporation. Pare Corporation has been a trusted engineering partner to universities, municipal and state governments, architects, and owner/developer teams for over 45 years. Pare currently employs 80+ technical and support personnel, including 31 Professional Engineers registered in more than 15 states. Our engineers, planners and scientists specialize in the areas of civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation/traffic, water/wastewater, site design, waterfront/marine, dams, land development, environmental/wetlands, and facilities maintenance. Pare’s services range from condition assessments, feasibility studies, and master planning to complete sustainable design services, LEED documentation, project permitting, and construction administration. The firm serves all of the Eastern United States from offices in Foxboro, MA and Lincoln, RI
Designer Wilson Architects will lead the tour of the facility. And special thanks to our Emerging Professionals committee for coordinating the event. Chapter members, who are connected to the project, from Pare Corporation and Wilson Architects will be on hand to help answer questions.