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Construction News for
the Week of June 28, 2015



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

Design Building

John Francis Kennedy Champions Center

Old Chapel Renovation

Physical Sciences Building

South College Academic Facility



Physical Plant's Planned Work Calendar

Physical Plant's Current List of Service Interruptions


Design Building
North Pleasant Street



The Design Building construction area on North Pleasant Street has transitioned to active status requiring the closure of a south/easterly section of Stockbridge Road to through traffic.

See map, below left.  Non-construction vehicle access to Stockbridge Road from Thatcher Road is now restricted to deliveries being made to Fernald Hall or the Studio Arts Building.  Vehicle access to Parking Lots 62 (adjacent to the north side of the construction site) and 63 (on the west side of Fernald Hall) should now be made via the Franklin Dining Commons lot.  Also note designated pedestrian pathways in the area and the closure of a portion of sidewalk on the east side of North Pleasant Street.

Questions about the Design Building project should be directed to the UMass Design & Construction Management capital project manager, Burt Ewart, at 7-0128 or; parking questions should be directed to Parking Services, (413) 577-PARK.

More information about the Design Building project can be found on the project information page.

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John Francis Kennedy
Champions Center
Commonwealth Avenue

Champions Center 

Finishing work continues.  The project remains on schedule for completion this summer.

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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Old Chapel Renovation
Campus Core



Contractors for the Old Chapel Renovation Project have established a construction site fence (see map, below left).  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 Old Chapel 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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Physical Sciences Building
North Pleasant Street



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

See map, below 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.

Monday, June 8 - Metered Parking Lot Closure and Bus Stop Temporary Relocation

The metered parking lot south of the LGRC Lowrise will be permanently CLOSED and a new lot will be opened to replace it in the LGRC courtyard.  The new lot will be accessed via Governors Drive.  Also on Monday, June 8, the bus stop (including enclosure) currently located near West Experiment Station on North Pleasant Street will be moved to a temporary location farther north on North Pleasant Street adjacent to the LGRC Lowrise.  The bus stop relocation is for the duration of PSB construction only (early 2018). 

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
Hicks Way/Campus Core





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

Renovation and utility work continue. .

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, below left.  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. 

Hicks Way Closure Extended Through July 3

A portion of Hicks Way in the vicinity of the SCAF project that has been closed since June 8 for utility work will continue to be closed beyond the original schedule (June 19) through Friday, July 3 due to unforeseen construction challenges. Northern sections of Hicks Way will continue to be accessible via Grinnell Road from Commonwealth Avenue.  See map, bottom left.

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.