1. Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

    Design Building at UMass Amherst Named for Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver

    The new Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named the John W. Olver Design Building in honor of the retired congressman and former UMass Amherst chemistry professor. A ceremony marking the action was held Oct. 27 at the building on North Pleasant Street where UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Massachusetts Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, joined by Congressman Olver, made the announcement. The UMass Board of Trustees recently approved naming the building for the former congressman and longtime supporter and advocate for the Amherst campus. “There is no other project on the UMass Amherst ...

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    1. There is no other project on the UMass Amherst campus that better personifies John Olver's commitment to the environment, his love of science and planning, and his desire to bring people together for the greater good than the Design Building.
    2. Within the span of a week, Olver changed the trajectory of the Design Building from a traditionally-constructed steel frame building to a state-of-the-art building that emphasized the very latest in green building technology.
    3. I am pleased that John Olver—my former colleague in Congress, a long-time member of the UMass community and a fierce advocate for the university in all spheres—is being recognized in a way that befits his passion for sustainable development while honoring his collaborative approach to advancing UMass Amherst.
    4. John Olver's legacy as a powerful champion for western Massachusetts is undisputed.
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