UMASS - Integrated Sciences Building
The University of Massachusetts's state-of-the-art Integrated Sciences Building
opened for class in February 2009 and became the cornerstone of science
education and research in the biological and biomedical sciences at UMass
The $92 million building was designed by internationally respected and
specialist high-technology architects Payette. The new facility encompasses
155,000 square feet and boasts laboratories, computer centers, a 300 seat
auditorium, an 85 seat classroom, cafeteria and office space, plus an
impressive atrium that spans all four floors.
The development is open, modern and flooded with natural lighting. It also
features the very latest in building innovation and green technology: rainwater
is reused, the heat exchanges and ventilation systems are super efficient,
passive solar power is harnessed, and there is extensive use of materials like
bamboo, which have great longevity and are eco-friendly.
So, when it came to designing the smoke extraction system the Fire Protection Engineers looked to
UK manufacturers BLE Smoke & Fire Curtains to provide safety equipment that would satisfy the
complex requirements of the building's smoke and fire protection system.
In partnership with US Smoke and Fire Curtain, BLE supplied and
installed the UL-approved SD60 smoke curtain system tied into a Siemens control panel. This
created a smoke and fire system that comfortably exceeds the National Fire Protection Association's
latest standard for smoke management system in malls, atria and large spaces (NFPA92B).
The products supplied by BLE and US Smoke and Fire Curtain impressed the UMass architects,
engineers and fire officers because of their uncluttered yet highly effective design. Which, when
fitted, did not detract from the simplicity and integrity of the building. For more information please download our Atrium Shield Application Note.
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The smoke curtain comfortably exceeds National Fire Protection Association's
latest standard for smoke management system in malls, atria and large spaces (NFPA92B)