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Artist's rendering of the ISB exterior.


This Week's Construction News

Update for the week of May 24: renovations have begun on the Old Chapel (see below); work continues on the parking lot solar canopies at the Robsham Visitor's Center; work continues on the north side of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library to create a "Class of '55" garden in the area; construction in the basement of the Student Union to replace air handlers is underway; preliminary utility work for construction of the Physical Sciences Building continues in the West Experiment Station/Goessmann/LGRC area; a temporary delivery route and receiving area for the Du Bois Library has been established; Wilder land- and hard-scape construction in on-going; selective interior demolition continues at the South College Academic Facility (see the SCAF project page for details); and work goes on at the new John Francis Kennedy Champions Center site on Commonwealth Avenue south of the Mullins Center (see the Champions Center project page for details)... [more]

Old Chapel Renovation Underway

Contractors for the Old Chapel Renovation Project have established a construction site fence (see map).  North-south pedestrian traffic is being routed east and west of the site.  The construction site fence footprint will be reduced in the fall to reopen the pedestrian pathway immediately adjacent to the project on the western side.

Pedestrians should watch for construction vehicles in the area.  A temporary route for delivery trucks to/from the W.E.B. Du Bois Library along the eastern side of the Old Chapel construction site fence (see map insert) is also still in place and will continue through December.

Chapel renovation plans include an accessible glass pavilion entrance way, multipurpose space, and upgraded mechanical systems.

For more information, including plans and architect's renderings, visit the Design & Construction Management project page.

Questions about this project should be directed to the UMass Design & Construction Management capital project manager, Jeff Quackenbush, at 545-6453 or

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