UMass Amherst began a new era as a member of the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the NCAA and a member of the Mid-American Conference. HLB teamed with Perkins + Will on a new $34.5 million, 55,000 square foot team facility that includes home team lockers, weight training, event spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, offices, and equipment storage all under one roof. The new Press & Skybox Complex supports all of today’s critical broadcast, media, hospitality, and game day operational needs.
Lighting solutions serve to support branding opportunities throughout, as well as providing practical, functional and visually comfortable illumination for training and game day functions. A hospitality flair was woven throughout to give the complex a boost for UMass recruitment efforts. The project was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and an energy savings of 25% below code.