- UMass Amherst Commonwealth
A beacon of light — ignites the heart of UMass student life.
HLB Lighting Design joined forces with William Rawn Associates, in honoring high-performing students with a new, light-filled, community based residential complex. A glowing nighttime presence brings this 7-building project to life. Totaling 1,500 beds, students reside in apartment style housing consisting of a common room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and 4-6 bedrooms each or in traditional singles, doubles, or triples. Community spaces include 9 new classrooms, a 70-seat café, a 300-seat multipurpose room, and offices.
A simple, practical, yet effective palette of fixtures is used throughout the project to meet design goals, budget, maintenance needs, and sustainability requirements. Wall-mounted up and downlights provide pleasant illumination in the bedrooms and common rooms, creating a pleasing, residential glimmer when viewed from the exterior.
- • Designed to LEED Silver standards
- • Uplight in residences creates glow effect
- • Only 3 major lamp types used throughout project
- • Budget-friendly design
- William Rawn Associates
- • 490,477 square feet
- • $150 million