Ceremony at UMass Amherst to Celebrate Launch of New Academic Classroom Building Construction

DATE:        Friday, Oct. 26, 2012
TIME:         2 p.m.
PLACE:     Student Union Ballroom, 41 Campus Center Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and UMass President Robert L. Caret will be among the dignitaries taking part in celebrating construction of the new $95 million New Academic Classroom Building (NACB). Following the event, Subbaswamy will host a reception where guests can view architectural renderings of the building that will be on display.
Officials scheduled to speak at the event include Subbaswamy and Caret, James Staros, UMass Amherst provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Victor Woolridge, a member of the UMass Board of Trustees.
The four-story, 171,500-square-foot building is scheduled to be completed by spring 2014 and is designed to transform the undergraduate learning experience at UMass Amherst. The facility will be fully equipped with educational technologies that will encourage interactive and team learning, critical thinking and research. While adhering to the needs of today’s “digital native” students, the complex also reflects the campus’s commitment to sustainability and will meet LEED Gold certification requirements. The project is funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Higher Education Bond Bill, UMass Amherst and the UMass Building Authority.
In addition to providing 2,000 new classroom seats, the NACB will be the new home of the communication and linguistics departments and the journalism and film studies programs. Along with department faculty offices, other spaces will include studios and specialized rooms for television broadcasting and production, editing rooms, film screening rooms, computer classrooms and speech perception and auditory phonetic labs.