The Physical Science Building is a 95,000 SF, three-story advanced research facility for the University of Massachusetts. The building supports research in the fields of materials science, condensed matter and nuclear physics, and organic chemistry. This project was located within the central core of the campus immediately adjacent to classrooms, research laboratories and dormitories. The facility includes:
- Chemistry and physics research laboratories
- Core support laboratories
- 130 laboratory benches
- 92 chemical fume hoods
- Offices/administrative space
- Student work areas
- Collaborative space
- Pedestrian bridge
SCIENCE RESEARCH GROUPS
The project also involved the abatement, dismantling and reconstruction of a 19th century laboratory called the West Experiment Station, one of the University’s oldest buildings. The building was structurally unsound, so it was dismantled brick by brick, cataloged and stored. One year after the disassembly, the building was rebuilt using the same brick, but it is now supported by a new fireproof steel frame. The Lederle Graduate Research Center was also renovated to provide a new wood shop and helium recovery rooms to service the Physical Sciences Building .
There is also a new tunnel from the Physical Sciences Building to two laboratory buildings and the newly expanded loading dock. The new tunnel required a temporary support of excavation system to be installed immediately adjacent to the existing laboratory buildings. The construction of the new loading dock to support the buildings included significant utility relocations, which serviced the adjacent, fully operational facilities.
This project is pursuing LEED® Gold certification.