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South College Academic Facility
Major Capital Projects

Please be aware that not all construction, repair and renovation projects are listed here; there may be projects currently under way or scheduled to begin which, while smaller in scope, could nevertheless have a serious impact on how you learn, work or play at UMass Amherst. You may also want to check the FCS construction map for the BIG picture of campus projects.






Campus Recreation Turf Fields Campus Recreation Turf Fields
A new 234,000 SF/5.3 acre turf facility, including multi-purpose synthetic turf with shock pad, for general campus (recreate) use in the Boyden Athletic Field.
McGuirk Alumni Stadium Improvements II McGuirk Alumni Stadium Improvements II
A renovation project that includes a separate turf practice field with a seasonal dome and a state of the art video board and auxiliary board.
Campus Core Utilities, Landscapping and Accessibility Project

Campus Core Utilities, Landscaping and Accessibility
A comprehensive upgrade to the center of campus from the new Worcester Commons to the Student Union.  Completion is targeted for fall, 2020.

Student Union Renovation
The $62 million renovation project will revitalize the facility as a modern hub for student activity and interaction, and reconnect the building to its surrounding natural landscape. As a “global campus living room,” the design will embrace student entrepreneurship, organizations, and events to support collaboration, multidisciplinary learning, and leadership.  Completion is targeted for fall, 2020.
Worcester Commons
A new 87,000 SF building is being constructed on the site of the former Parking Lot 63 north of the ISB.  The building will contain the new Worcester Commons, a retail food café, the commercial bakery currently at Hamden, and a restaurant.

Recently Completed


Hasbrouck Steam Tunnel Improvements
The project involved the reconstruction of the Hasbrouck steam tunnel and replacement of steam piping and appurtenances.  The project also included site improvements, the most significant being sets of stairs and accessible ramps from Hasbrouck to the Campus Center and ILC.

Isenberg SOM Addition and Renovation
The project expanded the existing facility to include space for faculty and staff, an innovation center, learning commons and colloquium space, a simulated trading floor, and limited renovation of existing spaces.
Physical Sciences Building

Physical Sciences Building
The project included construction of a new Physical Sciences Building, housing laboratory and office space - the PSB; relocation and rehabilitation of the West Experiment Station laboratory structure - the WES; renovation and expansion of the existing loading dock at the Lederle Graduate Research Tower; and related site and utility work.


North and ISB Chiller Plants

North and ISB Chiller Plants
The new chiller plants increase the reliability and capacity of two existing regional chiller plants. One is located in the Engineering quadrant on the north side of campus. The other is located to the east of the Integrated Sciences Building. In addition to comfort-related cooling (i.e. air conditioning), chilled water service is also used for research-focused, process-related purposes. 

Design Building

John W. Olver Design Building
The John W. Olver Design Building is located on the southern portion of parking Lot 62 north of the Studio Arts Building and houses academic programs including Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, the Department of Architecture, and the Building Construction Technology program. The ODB showcases integrated design through a stacked courtyard surrounded by studios, classrooms, workshops, and offices.

South College Academic Facility

South College Academic Facility
South College is a multipurpose facility that has undergone renovations with upgrades to all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Additionally, the building received a four-story addition to the Hicks way/west side of the building that includes common areas, faculty offices, classrooms and auditoria with state-of-the-art audio-visual and communications systems.
Morrill Courtyard Utilities
The University identified deficiencies and deterioration in the steam and underground utility systems in the corridor between Morrill II and IV.   This extensive project addressed structurally deficient manholes, deteriorated asbestos-insulated steam lines, and non-code compliant rails and accessibility deficiencies to the Morrill Buildings.
Old Chapel Renovation Old Chapel Renovation
Renovations to the iconic structure included a new entry pavilion, a new double height entry lobby with an elevator, a new multipurpose space, and the unveiling of the existing rose window on the north elevation viewed from the Great Hall for the first time since 1936.


FAC Rooftop Solar Campus Solar
As part of a long-term commitment to increasing clean, renewable energy generation on the UMass Amherst campus, the University installed solar array installations during the 2016 calendar year, bringing over 4 Megawatts (MW) of renewable, solar energy to the campus.
John Francis Kennedy Champions Center

John Francis Kennedy Champions Center
Prominently located south of the Mullins Center, The John Francis Kennedy Champions center serves as a state-of-the-art basketball practice facility for the UMass Men’s and Women’s programs. The Champions Center practice facility houses multiple practice courts for men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams in addition to training camps and intramural events. The facility is connected to the Mullins Arena by an enclosed corridor.

Integrative Learning Center

Integrative Learning Center
The four story structure located in the center of campus provides 2,000 seats of new classroom space as well as space for several academic departments including Communications, Journalism, Linguistics, and Film Studies. Classrooms were designed to be fully equipped with newly developing educational technologies in addition to a number of the other digitally enabled learning spaces.

McQuirk Alumni Stadium Improvements

McGuirk Alumni Stadium Improvements
The new team facility includes adequate space for home team lockers, weight training, team meetings, coaching staff, and equipment storage. The old out-of-date press box was demolished and replaced with the Martin and Richard Jacobson Press & Skybox Complex to support critical broadcast, media, hospitality, and game-day operational needs.


Robsham Visitor's Center Solar Parking Lot Canopy

Robsham Memorial Center for Visitors Solar Parking Lot Canopy
Three solar photovoltaic parking canopies have been installed at the Robsham Memorial Center for Visitors parking lot on Massachusetts Avenue. The innovative project includes three Level 2 dual charging stations with each canopy providing up to 64kW of AC power for a total of 192kW AC. The solar canopies are the first of their kind at UMass and the first of their kind in the Amherst area.