Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Architect: William Rawn Associates, Architects Inc.
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
This new residential project features seven new buildings organized around intimately scaled courtyards.
The new 500,000-square-foot residential complex provides 1,500 beds in seven new buildings for the Honors Program at this University. The project brings together all classes of students in a mix of unit types, including approximately 600 beds of singles and doubles, and 900 beds in suites and apartments.
"Rich mixture of campus buildings resembling an Italian hill town." - Jury comment
Seven new buildings are organized around intimately scaled courtyards. The buildings step down the hillside, creating a sense of an academic village for the Honors College, with a series of open outdoor quads for students to gather. The project is LEED Silver-certified.
Unlike most of the University's residential sectors, which are clustered around the edges of the main academic campus, this project sits within the boundaries of the campus core and brings together academic and residential components to create a true "living and learning" community.