;Size: 94,000 gsf; 46,000 nsf
;Project Team: Wilson Architects
(architect), Whiting-Turner (construction
manager); WSP Group USA (mechanical/
electrical/plumbing engineer), LeMessurier
Consultants Inc. (structural engineer), VAV
International Inc. (fire protection), Nitsch
Engineering (civil engineer/site survey),
Towers | Golde (landscape architect),
MoharDesign LLC (interior design), HLB
Lighting Design (lighting design), Jensen
Hughes (code consulting)
;Description: The Physical Sciences
Building (PSB) is a new research laboratory
for the University of Massachusetts-Am-herst. The facility supports scientific discovery in discovery in the fields of materials
science, condensed matter and nuclear physics, and organic and inorganic chemistry. It
contains state-of-the-art, high bay physics
research labs, synthetic chemistry research
labs, extensive core support labs, offices,
student work areas and collaboration space.
Housing 20 faculty-led research groups with
a total of 130 bench positions, the PSB is a
pivotal part of the school’s Comprehensive
Science and Engineering Masterplan.
Located at the heart of the UMass Amherst campus, the PSB will create a new
“Physical Science District.” The design
physically connects the PSB to the historic West Experiment Station (WES), the
Goessmann Chemistry Laboratory and
the Lederle Graduate Research Center.
The bridge and tunnel connections to
these buildings enable sharing of resources between research groups and promote
cross-disciplinary collaboration. The PSB
is a pivotal part of the UMass Amherst’s
long-term strategy to improve science and
The project includes recreation of the
West Experiment Station (WES), a 19th
century research laboratory and one of the
University’s oldest buildings. The original
WES was structurally unsound due to weak
mortar in the building’s structural bearing
walls. To save the building, the project
dismantled the WES, salvaged its exterior
red brick and brown stone and re-created
the building’s 1890s appearance atop a new
fireproof steel skeleton.
PSB is anticipating LEED Gold certification.
;Completion date: March 2018
;Contact: Jacob Werner, Project Architect,
Physical Sciences Building, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Mass.
The Physical Sciences Building (PSB) is a pivotal part of the school’s Comprehensive Science and
Engineering Masterplan. All images: © Anton Grassl Photography
The Physical Sciences Building contains chemistry and high bay physics research labs, as well as extensive
core support labs.
The project created a new campus lawn, plaza and pedestrian paths.