Payette Announces Opening of Ambulatory Care Center

Facility designed with green features that contribute to a healthy and earth-friendly environment

BOSTON, Mass. — Payette, a leading architectural design firm specializing in complex buildings for academic teaching, medical and scientific research, and healthcare, announced the opening of the Ambulatory Care Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. The nine-story, 258,000-square-foot facility combines outstanding patient care under one roof with clinical research and medical education.

Payette worked closely with UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center to design a clinical and research facility that meets the needs of its patients and students. Design criteria achieved with this facility include:
• Maximum daylight reaching interior spaces;
• Lighting controlled by occupancy sensors to reduce power use;
• Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems;
• Recycled materials included in carpet, rubber floors, ceiling tiles, and countertops; and
• Construction waste recycled to minimize material sent to landfills.

With a goal of accommodating more than 183,000 patient visits a year, this world-class patient care and research facility will benefit the health of residents across Central and Western Massachusetts. Located on the University Campus of UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School, the Ambulatory Care Center, is the new home to the cancer, diabetes, heart and vascular and orthopedic Centers of Excellence.

“The project was the culmination of the efforts of many people on the Design Build team, and the medical school and hospital administration,” said Ian Adamson, principal of Payette. “But the success of the project will be due to the tireless efforts of the staff and patients who assisted in authoring the design, which ultimately makes visiting the building a pleasant experience for its patients.”

Project team members include Consigli Construction of Milford, Mass., general contractor; RDK Engineers of Andover, Mass., mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineer; Souza True and Partners of Watertown, Mass., structural engineer; and Nitsch Engineering of Boston, civil engineer.

About Payette
Payette is a leading architectural design firm specializing in the programming, planning, and design of complex buildings for medical and scientific research, academic teaching, healthcare, and corporate research. Current clients include Columbia University, Harvard University, and Brandeis University. For more information, please visit

About Consigli
Consigli, a fourth generation family-owned business, established in 1905, is a full-service construction manager and general contractor serving academic, healthcare, institutional, corporate, landmark restoration and federal clients throughout New England and New York State. A leader in sustainable construction practices, Consigli is consistently ranked in the national Top 100 Green Contractors by Engineering News-Record Magazine. With offices in Milford, MA, Portland, ME and Enfield, CT, Consigli has been recognized as one of the best places to work by The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal and Mainebiz. For more information, visit


Posted September 20, 2010

More Articles: