UMass Amherst Physical Sciences Building

Amherst, Massachusetts
United States

The Physical Science Building is united with the 19th century West Experiment Station building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This state-of-the-art science building contains Chemistry, Physics, and Optics labs, as well as offices, conference rooms, and lounges. HLB’s lighting design uses direct indirect linear pendants that provide comfortable working environments for PhD students throughout the lab spaces. A ‘Slot Dot” lighting strategy combined with linear perimeter fixtures in the conference rooms generate multiple layers of light and provide visual relief.

The obstructions in the high bay ceiling of the physics lab created a challenge for the design team. HLB’s solution incorporated direct indirect wall mounted fixtures with asymmetric distribution to effectively light the space while also providing the average recommended light levels of 50 foot candles on task surfaces.

  • Architectural Lighting
  • Sustainable Design
  • Higher Education
  • LEED Gold Certified
    107,300 sq.ft. | 9,968 sq.m.
    $101 M
  • Wilson HGA
  • Anton Grassl