UMass celebrating opening of modern, all-wood building

Building will house three academic units on campus

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrated the opening of the largest modern wood building in the northeastern United States Tuesday, right on campus.

The campus’ new Design Building is made of cross-laminated timber or CLT- think of it as plywood on steroids! According to the university, this wooden structure¬†saves the equivalent of more than 2,000 metric tons of carbon when compared to a traditional 87,000 square-foot steel and concrete building


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With CLT, you can make panels up to 60 feet long and 20 inches thick. Inside the building, students will study architecture, construction technology, and regional planning.

“The students, faculty, and even the dean can come into this building and learn about new technologies for construction, new ways to use wood, and how we’re going to develop wood industries in the Northeast. For us, it really is a great learning experience,” said Steve Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.

Earlier this month, the New England Forestry Foundation announced at UMass their goal to use CLT to create sustainable buildings in Boston and New York.