Here at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, buildings matter. We are committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities conducive to students’ learning and quality-of-life needs.
The South College Academic Facility is scheduled for completion in late 2016. The facility will include 80,000 gsf of new construction combined with an historically-sensitive renovation of the 30,000 gsf of South College (1885). The complex is comprised of a new building sited along its south wing attached by an enclosed atrium. The project will contain academic program space for departments within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, as well as instructional space to be lost when Bartlett Hall is demolished.
Furcolo Hall was a 100,000 gsf renovation completed in 2016. The University rehabilitated the portion of Furcolo that was an Amherst Elementary School, addressing accessibility issues and meeting deferred maintenance demands in the rest of the building. The end result of this project now houses all three departments and the Dean’s offices of the entire College of Education, as well as gives students a bright open space in which to study and socialize.
Life Science Laboratories Phase II was completed in April of this year. This 60,500 gsf project created the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at University of Massachusetts Amherst, home to three unique centers focused on translational life sciences research: the Center for Bioactive Delivery, the Models to Medicine Center, and the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring.
The Integrative Learning Center, completed in the summer of 2014 as a LEED Gold building, is a hotspot for students. Its central location makes it convenient to the Campus Center, the Student Union and the Rec Center. The building is equipped with cutting-edge technology, a functioning broadcast studio, access to professional camera equipment, and multiple editing studios. The building provides new classrooms and academic department space for Communications, Journalism and Linguistics.
The Design Building is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017, targeting LEED Silver. The building is making history for having the largest installation of wood-concrete composite floors in North America, and is intended to be a showcase of integrated design that is expressive of the newest building technology, featuring primarily wood frame construction. The finishes will be limited to reveal various components of the building systems for teaching purposes. The Design Building is proposed as both a replacement for Hills House (to be demolished), and to consolidate the Architecture and Design Program, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning department, and the Building and Construction Technology Program.
Old Chapel is one of the most recognizable buildings on the UMass campus. Originally constructed in 1885, Old Chapel has served as classroom space, a library, auditorium and a museum. Renovations are expected to be completed in October of 2016. The renovated building will be a transformative multipurpose space that can be used by both students and faculty. The basement of the chapel will have a catering kitchen to service hosted events. Students will have the opportunity to book the space for meetings and campus activities.
We believe the space in which students learn and collaborate is an important part of their educational experience here at UMass. We are committed to making the best buildings with the best resources available for all of our students.
For more information, kindly visit the Major Capital Projects section  of the Design & Construction Management web site, or contact the Facilities & Campus Services communications manager, Jim Hunt, at 577-4767 or email@example.com .
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[Editor’s note: additional project information, including internet-ready photographs and renderings, can be found in the Major Capital Projects section  of the Design & Construction Management web site. Questions should be directed to the Facilities & Campus Services communications manager, Jim Hunt, at 577-4767 or firstname.lastname@example.org .]