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Construction News for
the Week of April 19, 2015



Special Advisory:

Paving intersection of Mass Ave and University Dr on April 20, 22, 27 and 30

Contractors will be scoring, adjusting road structures, paving and line painting in the Massachusetts Avenue/University Drive intersection on Monday, April 20; Wednesday, April 22; Monday, April 27; and Thursday, April 30.

Beginning Monday, April 20, contractors will score lane sections of the roadway in phases.  A phasing map is available here.  Each phase -four in all -will require temporary detours and adjustments to traffic patterns.  Most notably, northbound traffic on University Drive will be terminated at the Southwest Residential Area Circle and routed west between Lots 33 and 21 to Massachusetts Avenue during all four phases.

On Wednesday, April 22, the same phased traffic patterns will apply when structural adjustments are made to each section of the roadway.

On Monday, April 27, the same phased traffic patterns will apply when each section of the roadway is paved.

On Thursday, April 30, the same phased traffic patterns will apply when lines are painted each section of the roadway.

Police will direct traffic.  Motorists can expect delays.

Questions about this project should be directed to the Physical Plant assistant director for buildings and grounds, Pam Monn, at 413-577-3106 or



Major projects are listed in alphabetical order. Scroll down to view them all,
or you can jump to a specific project:

John Francis Kennedy Champions Center

Physical Sciences Building

South College Academic Facility



Physical Plant's Planned Work Calendar

Physical Plant's Current List of Service Interruptions


John Francis Kennedy
Champions Center
Commonwealth Avenue

Champions Center 

Brick and glass exterior is going up; much interior work is also underway.

Questions and comments about this project should be directed to the UMass Design & Construction Management project manager, Cleve Carrens, at 7-0129 or

A live web cam of the project is available here.

More information about the Champions Center project, including new renderings, can be found on the project information page.

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Physical Sciences Building


Contractors associated with construction of the Physical Sciences Building (PSB) have begun preliminary utility work in the West Experiment Station/Goessmann/LGRC.

See map at left.  This first phase of work, scheduled to continue through June, requires closing portions of sidewalk on North Pleasant St. and Governors Drive.  Access to LGRC Lowrise and Conte Polymer will be maintained via designated pathways.

The entire PSB project includes construction of the new Physical Sciences Building, relocation and reconstruction of the existing West Experiment Station, and the renovation and expansion of the existing loading dock at the Lederle Graduate Research Tower.  The entire project, including utilities and grounds work, is expected to be completed in January, 2018.

For more information about the Physical Sciences Building project, see the project web page.  Questions should be directed to the Design & Construction Management capital project manager, Joe Balzano, at 413-545-2179 or

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South College Academic

The South College Academic Facility renovation and addition project is under way.

Preliminary utility work is essentially complete.

A construction site fence has been established.

Select demolition work to the interior of South College has begun.

Temporary Du Bois Delivery Route

Contractors for the South College Academic Facility have established a temporary route for deliveries to the Du Bois Library via the Haigis Mall as of Friday, March 20.

See map.  The temporary delivery route runs from the northwest corner of President's Drive at the Haigis Mall along the east sides of Herter Hall, Memorial Hall and the Old Chapel.  A temporary, fenced delivery area has been established on the east side of Du Bois Library.  The temporary route and delivery area will be in place until construction of a new loading dock facility is completed in connection with the South College Academic Facility in December, 2015.  While the new loading dock should be operational at that time, construction of the entire South College Academic Facility will continue through November, 2016.

Questions about this project should be directed to the Design & Construction Management project manager, Henry Merriman, at 413-577-1722, or

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Questions and comments should be directed to Jim Hunt, Communications Manager;; (413) 577-4767.