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Strength, Stiffness, Sustainability: Timber Innovation in UMass Design Building

July 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) is pleased to lead a series of one-hour discussions highlighting solutions to design challenges at several of their projects.

The second of such discussions will be led by Jeff Langlois and Nancy Varney with Tom Chung, Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, on the topic of the UMass Design Building.

The Design Building at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, creatively captures the strength of mass timber, concrete, and steel and exposes the structural elements for all to see. The structure combines the sustainability and performance benefits of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels with the durability and stiffness of concrete, and also features glue-laminated (glulam) timber and steel beams in an innovative hybrid floor system. Other structural elements include glulam columns and braced frames, CLT shear walls, a system of three-dimensional glulam and steel rod trusses, and a full-story steel truss that supports a three-dimensional truss system and suspended CLT stairway.


July 25, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Atlantic Wharf
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210 United States


Simpson Gumpertz & Heger