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UMass Medical School is creating an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art research and education facility that will encourage interaction and collaboration among researchers and promote innovation and synergies across disciplines. The Albert Sherman Center and supporting infrastructure will attract researchers, physicians, faculty, students and industry partners and enhance the UMMS position as a leader in medical research and education.

Goals for the New Facility

  • Provide a world-class facility to support research, education, campus life enhancements and provide needed office space.
  • Generate activities that bring people to come together and create a campus meeting place where the synergy of people with similar interests and knowledge can flourish.
  • Develop an open door feel and gateway for the local community to increase UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center interaction.
  • Develop a true campus quad and green area.

Goals for the Design

  • Develop interior fit-out that provides a standard comparable to or exceeding the Lazare Research Building that incorporates lessons learned from that construction project.
  • Provide an architecturally significant exterior look that is aligned with this building’s importance and mission in providing a platform to change the world while being architecturally compatible with other campus buildings.
  • Utilize current and expanded campus utilities. Maximize operating efficiencies as much as possible.
  • Explore the use of Building Information Modeling.
  • Develop a building program consistent with input from UMass Medical School committees and approved by the executive committee as soon as possible, but not later than April 30, 2009.

Goals for Site/Campus Integration

  • Maximize campus connectivity (interconnection of buildings) as much as possible.
  • Integrate building with parking structure if appropriate.
  • At a minimum provide connections to UMass Medical School and the Lazare Research Building. 

Goals for the Environment

  • Achieve the highest level of LEED Certification practicable while maintaining a reasonable cost/benefit profile. A LEED Silver certification will be the minimum acceptable certification.
  • Notwithstanding the LEED Certification goal, the building will maximize the use of all feasible green building attributes.

Goal for the Construction Phase

  • During construction the campus will balance the need of providing the necessary space for temporary construction facilities while minimizing impact to daily campus operations as determined by the project manager and Campus Facilities Manager.