Keynote Speaker


Tom Chung, principal at Leers Weinzapfel will present a case study on his award-winning project, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Integrated Design Building.

The Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) academic building in the United States and the largest installation of wood concrete composites in North America. The$52M, 87,500-square-foot project, made possible through supplemental funding from the Massachusetts State Legislature, is a dynamic space of exchange, collaboration, and experiment. Uniting the university’s departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and the Building and Construction Technology program under one roof for the first time, the structure itself is a teaching tool for prescient sustainable design.

In addition to discussing his work on the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Tom's presentation will recap the big issues of the day's conference, pulling together the thread of why timber is so important right now for buildings and what Maine's role is in that importance.