2020 AIA COTE Top Ten Award honors John W. Olver Building

Conferred by the AIA Committee on the Environment, the COTE® Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known award program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, ten innovative projects are recognized for their integration of design excellence with environmental performance.

The Olver Building exemplifies the University of Massachusetts’ commitment to sustainable and innovative design with its LEED Gold certification and demonstration of emerging wood construction technologies.  Bringing together the previously dispersed Departments of Architecture, Building Construction Technology, and Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, the John W. Olver Design Building fosters multidisciplinary collaboration and expressively integrates building, landscape architecture, and building technology.

Addressing not only operational energy use, but also reducing the embodied energy of the building itself, the Olver building features an innovative use of engineered timber structure.   The largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) academic building in the United States, the Olver building demonstrates the sustainability, economy, and beauty of mass timber as a building material and renewable resource.

Learn more about the award-winning sustainable features of the John W. Olver Design Building:




Critical mass: Can low-carbon wood construction catch on in the U.S.?
Tom Chung, principal at LWA, the Boston firm that designed the U-Mass building, said he’s an advocate for three reasons.

Principal, Tom Chung, was featured in Energy News Network article discussing three reasons why he is an advocate of wood construction. Chung lists three reasons, “CLT is a renewable resource, provided that the wood used to make the products comes from a sustainably managed forest, as verified by third-party certification. And the production process is much less carbon-intensive compared to concrete or steel. Second, the CLT is usually exposed in the building interiors, as the wood is aesthetically pleasing. And that adds to a building’s sustainability because construction requires fewer resources — ‘you don’t have to have additional materials to cover up the structure.’And finally, because the products are prefabricated in a factory, the process of assembling the building is faster, quieter and results in less construction waste, he said.”- Energy News Network


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