University of Massachusetts Amherst

ISOM Business Innovation Hub


The Isenberg School of Management (ISOM) at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst is committed to turning students into leaders and change agents in the business world. With an enrollment of 3,700 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students, the Isenberg School is named for alumnus and businessman Eugene Isenberg.

The new Business Innovation Hub connects Isenberg’s original 1964 building and the 2004 Alfond Center and anchors the School’s community with a new visual identity along with creating a gathering space for the School of Management.

The Hub’s circular building features a series of 3-story-tall copper-clad fins that create a vertical lattice for the glass outer wall. Other features in the building include:

  • A 5,000 square foot learning commons and event center
  • 42-seat business analytics lab
  • 3 flexible classrooms with integrated technology
  • Modern workspaces and offices for administration
  • Expanded career development spaces

Vantage was responsible for all technology-based security systems for the project including components relating to access control, video surveillance, and intrusion detection. During the conceptual design phase, we issued a report with our recommendations and security systems cost estimates and narratives. In the design phase, we produced drawings to describe the layout of equipment, cabling, rack elevations and other related infrastructure.


  • Integrates new systems with existing campus-wide platforms
  • Provides central management of access control systems
  • Allows central monitoring and recording of the video surveillance system


  • Programming
  • Systems Design


  • Access Control
  • Video Surveillance
  • Client: University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Architects: Goody Clancy and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
  • Location: Amherst, MA
  • Market: Education
  • Project Type: Business Innovation Hub
  • Size: 70,000 Square Feet
  • Cost: $62 million