Sherman Center video series: Evolutionary design

By Bryan Goodchild and Michael Cohen

UMass Medical School Communications

October 25, 2011

Translating the vision for a facility as large and complex as the Albert Sherman Center into a tangible plan that facilitates its construction is an enormous task.

The architectural team has macro-scale issues to resolve, such as determining how large the building should be and how it will connect to the campus and establishing the conceptual integration of research, educational and public spaces within the center. The team also has micro-scale details to resolve, such as selecting materials and mechanical systems.

After an exhaustive review process, ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge was selected to design the new center. Established in 1969, ARC has a significant portfolio of successful, complex projects. They have designed several landmark life sciences facilities, including the Genyzme biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant on the Charles River in Allston and Harvard Medical School’s newest research facility in the Longwood section of Boston.

To illuminate aspects of the design process, the Office of Communications has produced a series of videos. This first installment provides an overview of the architectural selection process and the ARC team. 


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