UMass-Amherst design building named for former Congressman John Olver – MassLive.com

AMHERST -- A College of Massachusetts building championed by former Congressman John Olver, of Amherst, now bears his title.

The $52 million Design Building, which opened final spring, is now the John W. Olver Design Building.

UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and Olver made the announcement in a ceremony Friday.

Olver pushed for the building to be constructed with wooden.

Initially, the construction was set to be constructed utilizing the extra widespread metal and concrete development supplies, nevertheless it as a substitute options glue-laminated wooden, cross-laminated timber and wooden-concrete composite construction.

The 87,000-square-foot building is the biggest fashionable wooden building within the Northeast. It incorporates 70,000 cubic toes of wooden and saves the equal of over 2,300 metric tons of carbon when in comparison with a standard power-intensive metal and concrete building, in response to a press launch.

It's residence to Panorama Structure & Regional Planning Division from the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Division of Structure from the Faculty of Humanities and Fantastic Arts and the Building Development Expertise program from the Faculty of Pure Sciences. 

"There isn't a different challenge on the UMass Amherst campus that higher personifies John Olver's dedication to the atmosphere, his love of science and planning, and his need to deliver individuals collectively for the higher good than the Design Building," Subbaswamy stated in a press launch.

Olver taught chemistry at UMass earlier than being elected a state legislator. He was first elected to Congress in 1991, and retired in 2013.

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