Commonwealth Honors College
University of Mass Amherst
Amherst, MA

This 500,000 g.s.f. residential complex provides 1,500 beds in seven buildings for the Honors Program at UMass Amherst. 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. Seven buildings are organized around intimately scaled courtyards. The buildings step down the hillside, creating the sense of an academic village for the Honors College, with a series of open outdoor quads for students to gather. The project LEED Silver certified.

2016 AIA Specialized Housing Award
2015 AGC of Massachusetts Build New England Merit Award
Photography: © Robert Benson