Municipal Constructions,

  • KategorieMunicipal constructions
  • KundeUniversity of Massachusetts
  • LandUSA
  • Jahr2015-2017
  • FlächeApprox. 8,100 sq. m
  • MaterialConcrete, wood, steel
  • ProjektteamLeers Weinzapfel Associates
    Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
    Nordic Structures
    Suffolk Construction
    TiComTec GmbH
  • FotosAlexander Schreyer

On an area of approximately 8,100 sq. m, the new “(Integrated) Design Building (I)DB” at the University of Massachusetts will house classrooms and studios, computer labs, lounges, meeting and teleconferencing rooms, a materials testing lab, green-building lab, wood shop, digital fabrication lab, outdoor work area, departmental admin (Architecture and LARP only), faculty and staff, graduate students, as well as a café, exhibit space, library, and function rooms. It will also feature a covered indoor courtyard on the first floor and an indoor courtyard complete with green roof on the third floor.


This building will feature a glue-laminated wood, cross-laminated timber (CLT), and wood-concrete composite structure that replaces the traditional steel/concrete construction type that is common in the area. This system structure reduces this building’s carbon footprint and maximizes the use of renewable materials. High requirements in terms of economic viability, environmental responsibility, functionality, and design were met in full – also thanks to our HBV and HSK systems. The CEO of TiComTec GmbH, Rainer Bahmer, visited the offices of Nordic Structures in Montreal and the woodworks in Chibougamau, Canada, on October 13, 2015 to ensure that the construction process was running smoothly. During Mr. Bahmer’s visit, he trained the relevant employees and managers on site in working with the HBV and HSK systems.

Further project facts:

  • Total budget: USD 52 million
  • Scheduled opening date: January 2017