At 87,500 square feet, the John W. Olver Design Building at The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the largest and most technologically advanced modern academic wood structure in the United States. Utilizing a mass timber construction technique, the building features exposed glulam columns, beams and braces and cross-laminated timber (CLT) interior.
Mass timber is a construction technique that promotes sustainability and depends less on emissions-intensive materials. In addition to innovative the timber structure, the Olver building’s wood-concrete composite floor system is the first in the U.S. of its kind and based on technology researched at UMass by the interdisciplinary architecture, building and construction program, now housed in the building. The inherent and unique challenges of these materials are larger-than-usual building movements during the construction phase.
DGT was on site from 2015-2017 providing construction survey support to Suffolk Construction. Our task, successfully executed, was to maintain rigorous building line-and-grade during the erection process and pouring of the concrete floors.