University of Massachusetts Medical School: Albert Sherman Center

Worchester, MA

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  • Owner/Developer

    University of Massachusetts Building Authority

  • Architect

    Architectural Resources Cambridge

  • Engineer

    LeMessurier Consultants

  • Façade Consultant

    Gordon H. Smith Corporation
    Simpson Gumpertz and Heger

  • Construction Manager

    PMA Consultants

  • GC

    Suffolk Construction Company

  • Completion


  • Building Type


  • LEED Rating

    Gold certified

  • Program

    515,000 sqft

  • Façade Area

    1,775 custom curtainwall panels composed of glass, aluminum, terracotta and granite





  • Best Green Practices Award , Boston Business Journal, 2013
  • Merit Award for Higher Education and Research, ENR New England, 2013


The University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester campus represents one of the nation’s premier life science institutions. To match this growing stature, the school’s soon-to-be showcase building, the Albert Sherman Center, was created with an architectural significance aligned with the medical campus’ mission of innovation.

Enclos is providing comprehensive design/build services for the project’s exterior facade. The building envelope consists of a combination of glass, aluminum, terracotta and granite materials that together compose 1,775 custom curtainwall panels. Unique considerations include terracotta tiles with varying textures and patterns, in addition to sunshades on the south elevation to shield building occupants from excessive daylighting and solar gain. Performance details throughout the building envelope contribute to the project’s LEED gold certification.

Two large-scale mockups were constructed by Enclos for the project, each measuring approximately 30 feet tall. The visual mockup was located on the project’s Worchester, Massachusetts construction site. The performance mockup was performed at an independent laboratory space in York, Pennsylvania, where it was subject to a multitude of physical tests, including wind, moisture, pressure and extreme structural conditions. You can view a video of the performance mockup prepared by the university here, and the visual performance mockup here.

Enclos fabricated curtainwall framing at our affiliate company Cupples Products’ shop in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Units were then assembled and glazed in our Ephrata, Pennsylvania shop before being delivered to the Worcester, Massachusetts project site.

The $400 million Albert Sherman Center was completed in late 2012.