Fourth Building in Student Apartment Complex To Open on Schedule, UMass Housing Officials Report

AMHERST, Mass. – All four buildings in the new student apartment complex at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will open on Sunday, Sept. 3, as scheduled, according to campus housing officials.

John Findley, associate director of Housing Services, said the campus has notified students who will live in Building D of the North Residential Area that the facility will open at the same time as the other three buildings. Due to a tight construction schedule, students had been informed earlier this month that a two or three week delay might occur in opening the fourth building.

The campus has been coordinating regularly with inspection officials as the complex nears completion, Findley said, and he expects occupancy approval to be forthcoming from the state building inspector next week. Some work will continue in all four buildings after they open, in the common areas only, Findley said.

The $92.9 million complex is the first new housing on campus in 35 years. Dawn Thompson, director of residence life, noted that the facility’s 864 beds have made a major difference in what has been a tight housing market. UMass Amherst expects to meet all undergraduate requests to live on campus this fall, with no students assigned to live temporarily in off-campus hotels.