By Aminah McNulty

EPMA hosted a tour of UMass Boston's University Hall. We were joined by project architect Jason Pollutro of Wilson Architects, civil engineer PARE Corporations and sustainability consultants from The Green Engineer. A group of 21 sustainability professionals made the tour a lively, engaging and interactive discussion about the latest strategies and technologies showcased in this project. 

A highlighted feature of the project is the large copper clad wall wrapping around the main auditorium of the building connecting the interior and exterior of the building in one sweeping gesture. In addition, the seating upholstery of the building's seating highlights the succession of color found throughout the lifespan of copper. 

We toured the main atrium, music performance authority, black box theater, 500 and 200 seat classrooms and the penthouse floor of utilities. It was noted that all the building's utilities were designed for the top floor as part of a resiliency plan against flood events and sea level rise. 

A big thank you to EPMA's Lindsey Machamer for organizing this tour and sharing her expertise on the engineering of the project. 

Also thanks to UMass Boston for hosting us and to Pare Corporation for sponsoring the event.

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