Student Union Renovation
Student Union Renovation

Temporary Relocations of Student Union Departments, Businesses, and Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) Listed HERE.

The Student Union building was designed by architect and UMass alumnus Louis Warren Ross in the modernist style, and completed in 1957. Located at the center of the UMass Amherst campus, it was the first campus building dedicated to student organizations and extracurricular activities. The facility contains shared common areas, a large ballroom, and dedicated offices for student organizations and other campus services. At the time of its construction, the Student Union was the largest building on campus, and served 4,800 students.

Today, the building supports over 30,000 students and 200 registered student organizations (RSOs). This growth necessitates renovations and infrastructure upgrades to accommodate modern space and service needs of the student body.

Designed by Boston architects Shepley Bulfinch, 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. The project team is targeting completion for fall 2020, and anticipating LEED Silver Certification.


  • A highly active “Main Street” style promenade, lined with retail, student services, and dining options
  • A dedicated media center serving the Massachusetts Daily Collegian newspaper, UVC-TV19 television channel, and WMUA radio station
  • A new entry and outdoor plaza, including a streamlined connection to the Lincoln Campus Center
  • Expanded student business space; new meeting, activity and assembly space
  • Office, work, and shared conference room space
  • A new “black box” theater designed to provide additional on-campus performance and screening space
  • The original ballroom and Cape Cod Lounge will be repurposed into new, divisible, multipurpose areas for medium-sized assembly, functions, and events
  • Dedicated storage lockers for RSOs
  • Updated mechanical, electrical and fire systems to meet modern building code and ADA accessibility standards

Current Site Logistics:
Current Site Logistics

Site Logtistics for August 12 - 28:
Site Logistics August 12-16



  • The building was completely vacated by Monday, January 14; all materials not removed for relocation or storage have been removed for recycle or disposal.
  • Student Affairs departments, businesses, and Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) have been temporarily relocated as follows:
    Alpha Phi Omega (Kappa Omicron Chapter) Bartlett 327B
    Bike Co-op Bartlett 102A
    Campus Design & Copy Bartlett 312
    Cannabis Reform Coalition Bartlett Basement 068G
    Center for Education Policy & Advocacy (CEPA) Bartlett 207
    Center for Student Businesses Bartlett 209
    Coalition to End Rape Culture (CERC) Bartlett Basement 068H
    Crew Club Bartlett Basement 068J
    Daily Collegian Campus Center 112
    Earth Foods Bartlett 156
    Epic Movement at UMass Bartlett 327A
    Graduate Employee Union Campus Center 915
    Graduate Student Senate Campus Center 915
    Haitian American Student Association (HASA) Bartlett 325C
    International Relations Club and Model UN Team Bartlett Basement 068E
    International Students Club Bartlett Basement 068B
    Latinos Unidos Bartlett 325C
    Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Bartlett 317A
    Meeting Rooms Bartlett 305A, B, C, E and 307A, B, C
    Muslim Students Association Bartlett 308C
    Off Campus Student Center & Student Parent Programs Bartlett 103
    Peoples Market Bartlett 170
    Pre-Medical Society Bartlett Basement 068K
    Republicans Club Bartlett Basement 068D
    Sisters on the Runway Bartlett 325B
    Ski 'n' Board Club Bartlett Basement 068A
    Student Bridges Bartlett 205
    Student Engagement and Leadership Bartlett 251
    Student Engagement Business Center Bartlett 252
    Student Government Association (SGA) Bartlett 319
    Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) Bartlett 202
    SORC/UPC Conference Room Bartlett 203
    Student Union Art Gallery Bartlett 310
    Student Union Crafts Center Bartlett Basement 053
    Theatre Guild Bartlett Basement 035
    University Democrats Bartlett Basement 068C
    UVC-TV19 Herter 101
    WMUA Campus Center 107

    If you don't see a RSO you're looking for on this list, please contact the SGA office at (413) 545-0342.  If you don't see a Student Affairs department or business that you're looking for, please contact Student Engagement at (413) 545-0677.

  • Bicycles should also have been removed from the front of the building.  Bicycles that were not claimed and removed in January have been removed and stored at Tillson Farm.  To arrange pick-up of a bicycle at Tillson Farm, contact Gary Glazier, Manager of Landscape and Construction Services, at or (413) 835-1253.