University of Massachusetts, maximizes daylight and reduces glare

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Amherst, MA

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst (CSU) was completed in January 2017. The Design Building will serve as a living laboratory and teaching tool for the next generation of architects, and is home to 3 inter-related departments – Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Building Construction Technology – that have been co-located to foster collaboration and teamwork.

“View Dynamic Glass will be an important part of how students will design and construct green buildings in the future”
- UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy


The $52 million, 87,500 S.F. Design Building brings together the Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, and Building & Construction Technology programs in one facility to promote interdisciplinary collaboration, research and learning. The goal was to create an innovative and inspired building that visibly demonstrates environmentally-sensitive design. The building’s unique cross-laminated timber (CLT) structural system reduces its carbon footprint and embodies the university’s strong commitment to sustainability.




  • Maximizes usable floor area by providing greater thermal comfort
  • Enables flexible use of space with complete control of the facade
  • Improves energy efficiency
  • Enhances building aesthetics inside and out

Project Specifications



Leers Weinzapfel

General Contractor:

Suffolk Construction, Inc.


R&R Window

Glazing System

Project Type:

New Construction

System Type:

Curtain Wall

IGU Makeup



Outboard lite:

6mm tempered clear with EC on surface #2


1/2" black warm edge spacer

Inboard lite:

6mm tempered Clear