New Construction, Renovations Greet Returning Students, Faculty

AMHERST, Mass. – A number of mid- to long-term construction projects will be ongoing as students and faculty return to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus this fall.

The projects range from utility upgrades, to new major academic buildings, to renovation of the campus’s iconic Old Chapel. Some minor rerouting of vehicle and pedestrian traffic is required.

John Francis Kennedy Champions Center. Finishing construction of the 53,000-square-foot practice and training facility for men and women’s basketball adjacent to the Mullins Center. Occupancy expected in the first weeks of September.

Robsham Visitor’s Center Solar Canopy. The first parking lot photovoltaic solar canopy project on campus is under construction at the Robsham Visitor Center on Massachusetts Avenue and due for completion in December. Some parking restrictions will continue during the work.

Furcolo/Marks Meadow Renovation. Underway at the College of Education and scheduled for occupancy in spring 2016. 

LSL Mass Life Sciences Fit-out. Completion of the interior of the Life Science Laboratories is underway, with occupancy scheduled for spring 2016.  

Morrill Courtyard Utility Upgrade. Construction underway on a major upgrade to the campus steam distribution system, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016. Pedestrian traffic has been rerouted.

Old Chapel Renovation. Interior renovation is underway with completion scheduled for October 2016. There are temporary pedestrian and vehicle pathways in the area.

South College Academic Facility. Renovation and major addition construction are underway in the campus core, west of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. Scheduled for opening spring 2017. The work requires a temporary routing of library deliveries via the east sides of Herter Hall, Memorial Hall and the Old Chapel. 

Design Building. Under construction on the east side of North Pleasant Street next to the Studio Arts Building and scheduled for occupancy in early 2017. 

Physical Sciences Building. Under construction on the west side of North Pleasant Street, south of the Lederle Lowrise. Completion scheduled in early 2018. Temporary pedestrian and vehicle pathways are in place. The sidewalk on the west side of North Pleasant Street is closed in the area.