Faculty Advisor

Farzinmoghadam, Mohamad

Faculty Advisor

Saleem, Hussam S

Faculty Advisor

Van Dessel, Steven


The objective of this project was to design a rooftop art gallery with special considerations for large sculptures for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Fine Arts Center (FAC). The FAC is an exposed concrete, Brutalist building completed in 1973 that was designed by Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo, and Associates. It is composed of a series of interconnected buildings. We conducted a visual inspection of the FAC by visiting the site of interest, performed a structural analysis for two of the interconnected buildings, and designed a rooftop art gallery for Building B. While designing the art gallery, we analyzed the structure under the new loads, designed a new waterproofing roof system, and incorporated new means of egress and an elevator that would allow access to the roof.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018


Architectural Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering