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UMass Medical School’s new Education and Research Building

ZGF and ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge are designing the project.

May 04, 2021 |
UMass Education and Research building exterior

Renderings courtesy ZGF

The new Education and Research Building, a nine-story biomedical research building at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will support the development of therapeutics for some of the world’s most challenging diseases in a high-performance, sustainable environment.

The 350,000-sf facility will include space for 77 principal investigators and house the Medical School’s Horae Gene Therapy Center, the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology, the Program in Molecular Medicine, a new Program in Human Genetics & Evolutionary Biology, and an FDA-compliant manufacturing facility for clinical trial therapeutics.


UMass education and research building circulation and gathering space


The project is being designed to meet ambitious sustainability goals, including achieving Net Zero Energy and LEED Gold certification and the integration of a high-performance double-skin facade and geothermal heat pumps. The interior features natural daylighting and transparency, active circulation, and large social and interaction spaces.

The project is slated to open in the fall of 2023. Shawmut Design and Construction will be the project’s construction manager.


UMass Education and Research Building lab space

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