Education Life Science

PMA PM for MLSC Life Sciences Facility Project at UMBA

Designed by ARC

Braintree, MA – PMA Consultants is currently engaged as the owner’s project manager by the UMass Building Authority (UMBA) for the MLSC Life Sciences Facility Project at UMass Amherst. This project was made possible by a grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC). The new Life Sciences Laboratory (LSL) at UMass Amherst is a five-story, high-efficiency building completed in spring 2013 with two parts (LSL1 and LSL2) with a total area of 310,000 GSF. LSL1 was fully built out and is occupied while the southern wing of the building, LSL2, is a five-story shell structure sized to contain 98,356 net SF of lab and lab support space. The building shell has been constructed so that all building and laboratory utilities and services are already in place in risers at both ends of the building for distribution through the final lab floors, as needed, in the final plans. The majority of the lab and office space will build out three floors, leaving one full level for future programming.  These research centers will be housed in the fit-out floors and will provide state-of-the-art equipment for collaborative projects with industry partners to develop innovative products and services. The three centers are as follows:
•             Personalized Health Monitoring- focused on developing nanotechnology and large dataset management to improve health care through low-cost, wearable, wireless sensors that analyze patient data continuously in real time
•             Bioactive Delivery- focused on discovery and application of new drug, agricultural and “nutricuetical” compounds
•             Models to Medicine- focused on translating basic protein research by UMass Amherst experts into new therapeutic targets

The project, which is being designed by Architectural Resources of Cambridge (ARC), is currently in the programming phase and will begin Schematic Design this month. Contract documents are planned to be complete in July/August this year with a start of construction in late Fall 2014. Target completion of the project is Winter 2015/2016.”