Ceremony to Mark Renovation, Expansion of UMass Amherst’s South College

South College Academic Facility
South College Academic Facility


DATE:        Thursday, April 13

TIME:         1 p.m.

WHAT:       Ribbon cutting for renovated and expanded South College Academic Facility

WHERE:     150 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus

South College, built in 1885-86, is reborn as the South College Academic Facility (SCAF), 67,500 square feet larger than the original 30,000-square-foot building, and providing a new home for the departments of English, philosophy, history of art and architecture, and women, gender, sexuality studies.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Kumble Subbaswamy, chancellor, UMass Amherst

  • Patricia Filippone, University of Massachusetts Building Authority

  • Julie Hayes, dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Max Page, professor of architecture, director of Historic Preservation Initiatives at UMass Amherst

The building also houses offices for the dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) and the HFA Advising and Career Center.

Renovated and new portions of SCAF share a new, spectacular four-story atrium.

Outside the $65 million project, new expansive sidewalks are in place, and historic trees, including the largest and oldest Japanese elm in the U.S., have been preserved.

A reception will follow the speaking program.

Building tours will be available 15 minutes after the ceremony concludes.