Completed in early 2017, the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first of its kind in the U.S. At four stories and 87,500 sf, this mass timber project features a glued-laminated (glulam) timber column-and-beam frame, mass timber lateral force-resisting system, hybrid cross-laminated timber (CLT)/concrete floor system, and unconventional cantilevered forms. This presentation will highlight two aspects of the project: the design process will be discussed by the principal architect and the construction and occupancy phases will be reviewed by an associate professor who was close to the process and now works in the building.

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Central

Cost: Free

From code approval through occupancy, this session will address the process and collaboration required to see this groundbreaking structure to fruition in a steel-dominated construction industry.

Photos: Albert Vecerka/Esto

Tom S. Chung AIA, LEED BD+C is a Principal and design leader at Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, recipient of an AIA Firm Award in 2007. In over 20 years with the firm, he has been the primary designer for a number of award-winning projects, including the Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital and, most recently, the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Born in Seoul, Korea and raised in the U.S., Tom received his degrees in Architecture at the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As an educator, Tom has taught design studios at Northeastern University School of Architecture and Wentworth Institute of Technology. As a design critic, he serves on design reviews and design award committees throughout the country.

Peggi Clouston has been working in the field of structural wood design and engineering for over 25 years. As an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), she teaches structural timber design, bio-based composites and material mechanics/tectonics to architects, engineers, and construction technologists. Author of more than 60 publications, she conducts research on the structural behavior and efficient use of bio-based composite materials. Current research topics include cross-laminated timber panels from low-value eastern species, timber-concrete composite floor systems, laminated veneer bamboo connections, and computational modeling of structural bio-based composites. Dr. Clouston has been a registered professional engineer (APEGBC) since 1992. She is Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and serves on numerous federal peer review panels and committees.”


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