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Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts in Amherst by William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

 
April 13th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The new 500,000 g.s.f. residential complex provides 1,500 beds in seven new buildings for the Honors Program at this University. The project brings together all classes of students in a mix of unit types, including approximately 600 beds of singles and doubles, and 900 beds in suites and apartments.

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

  • Architects: William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
  • Project: Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts
  • Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
  • Photography: Robert Benson Photography
  • Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants
  • MEP/FP Engineer: Rist Frost Shumway Engineering
  • Code Consultant: The Sullivan Group, R.W. Sullivan Engineering
  • Interior Designer: Lab[3.2] Architecture
  • Sustainable Design Consultant: The Green Engineer
  • Landscape Architect/Civil Engineer: Stantec
  • Geotechnical Engineer: McPhail Associates.
  • Construction Manager: Dimeo Construction.
  • OPM: Joslin, Lesser + Associates, Inc.

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Seven new buildings are organized around intimately scaled courtyards. The buildings step down the hillside, creating a sense of an academic village for the Honors College, with a series of open outdoor quads for students to gather. The project is LEED Silver certified.

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Unlike most of the University’s residential sectors, which are clustered around the edges of the main academic campus, this project sits within the boundaries of the campus core and brings together academic and residential components to create a true ‘Living and Learning’ community.

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

Image Courtesy © Robert Benson Photography

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