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Capital Projects

Capital Projects

UMass Amherst Capital Projects Community Meeting: Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Consolidated Project Commencement Notice (PCN)

As it continues to implement the framework of the 2012 Campus Master Plan, the University of Massachusetts Amherst gave a community presentation on May 4, 2023 that followed the requirements of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act and provided information supporting a Consolidated Project Commencement Notification (PCN) related to the capital projects listed below.  Follow this link to view the MEPA Community Presentation .  

This webpage is periodically updated to reflect project developments.

Aerial image showing the approximate locations of the proposed projects included in the consolidated PCN filing

Aerial image showing the approximate locations of the proposed projects included in the consolidated PCN Filing

Computer Sciences Laboratories (CSL) Building

computer science labAccording to current schematic designs, the CSL building is four stories and approximately 94,300 gross square feet (GSF), designed to house teaching and research facilities, an auditorium, colloquium and conference rooms, offices, and a café.  The new building will connect to the east side of the existing Computer Science building, physically linking each existing floor to an open, light-filled commons for graduate and undergraduate students. The commons will also showcase visually interesting research in makerspaces and special purpose labs, such as robotics.

Status: Construction Phase

Completion Date: Summer 2025

Size: 94,300 GSF

Design Team: Perkins Eastman

Computer Science Laboratories Details

Sustainable Engineering Laboratories (SEL) Building

sel drawingThe SEL building will be a new interdisciplinary College of Engineering laboratory building serving as a national hub to accelerate clean energy research and educate tomorrow’s sustainable engineering workforce. The approximately 78,000 GSF structure will provide immersive labs and learning spaces that prepare the next generation, foster collaboration, enable discovery and design, and serve as a test bed for technologies that address real-world sustainability challenges. These spaces will include dry and wet experimental labs, faculty offices, meetings spaces, classrooms, and a learning commons.

Status: Design Phase

Completion Date: Summer 2026

Size: 78,000 GSF

Design Team: Payette

Sustainable Engineering Laboratories Details

School of Public Health and Health Sciences Building

totman designThe School of Public Health & Health Sciences Building project will involve the development of a new 26,800 GSF building for the School of Public Health & Health Sciences (SPHHS) just west of the existing Totman Gymnasium Building.  The new School of Public Health & Health Sciences Building will include flexible, team-based learning classrooms, office space, time-shared cubicles, conferencing facilities, and open areas designed for informal work and collaboration. Additionally, the project will include an outdoor event space to complement the interior academic program spaces to allow SPHHS to host a wide variety of outdoor events.

Status: Design Phase

Completion Date: Fall 2025

Size: 26,800 GSF

Design Team: Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Totman Student Success Hub Details


pavilionThe campus is building an open-air Pavilion facility that will be a valuable community asset, open for quiet contemplation as well as planned events.  The site for the project is in the Orchard Hill area of campus, on land east of Prexy’s Ridge, formerly used for an orchard.
The project will include an approximately 1,600-square-foot pavilion with a trellis-covered, 620 square-foot deck on one end and a 620 square-foot stone patio on the other. Generous stairs abutting the deck will double as access as well as a small amphitheater. An accessible path will lead visitors to the entry of the pavilion and toilet facilities are also planned.

Status: Design Phase

Completion Date: December 2023

Size: 1,600 GSF

Design Team: Sigrid Miller Pollin Studio

Pavilion Details