While maintaining the operation of the old Worcester Dining Commons, a new 87,000 SF building was constructed on the former Parking Lot 63, north of the Integrated Science Building. The new Worcester Commons provides the UMass Dining program with its first brand-new building.
On the first floor you will find a new retail Café, Grab & Go, the Campus’ commercial bakery (moved from Hampden DC), lounge spaces, and a small fitness center run by Campus Recreation. The 2nd floor houses the new Dining Commons with seating for approximately 800 hosting a number of food stations serving a world of cuisines. Up on the 3rd floor is Commonwealth, a full-service restaurant & bar and the Student Life Suite that features soundproof music practice rooms, meeting spaces for student groups and a contemplative space. Rounding out the third floor is the Auxiliary Enterprises administrative office suite.
Sited directly along North Pleasant Street, the new Worcester Commons has a West-facing site plaza out in front of the building to allow for gathering, eating, and events to be expanded from within the building during the warmer weather. On the East side of the new building, Parking Lot #63 has been reconstructed adjacent to a new loading dock. The project was completed while preserving the historic East Experiment Station. The project was completed in Fall 2020.