AMHERST, Mass. - Two new buildings at the UMass campus have been completed during the summer months. Also, several prominent additions and large-scale maintenance efforts are in varying stages of development, according to John Robinson, manager of capital projects.
The $14.5 million initial phase of the computer science and engineering complex has been completed and the computer science department will begin moving into the building in early fall, Robinson said. Meanwhile, the design for the second part of the building is underway with construction scheduled to start in fall 2000. The $18 million new section will house the civil and environmental engineering department, as well as a large auditorium and a distance-learning center.
Construction has also been completed on a new $1.8 million lobby at the Fine Arts Center. The 4,300-square-foot project, which includes a performance space and waiting area, will be complete this fall.
A new 12,000-square-foot animal care building is complete, and animals have been moved into it. Renovations to animal care facilities in adjacent Tobin Hall will continue during the fall semester. Significant upgrades to existing animal care facilities in Morrill Science Center will also begin during the fall and are scheduled to be completed by May 2000.
A recently completed laboratory in Morrill Science Center will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the geosciences department, and significant ventilation improvements have been made to Morrill 4 South.
Many renovation projects over the summer upgraded selected areas in the University’s 41 residence halls, according to John Findley, associate director for planning and operations in Housing Services. The improvements amounted to about $2 million and were paid for from the Housing Services Capital Improvement Fund. Findley said extensive work was completed on common areas and student rooms during the summer, such as painting, deep-cleaning, and work on utility systems.
New roofs were installed on Emerson and Leach, and roof repairs were made at Kennedy, Coolidge, and Washington. Carpeting and tile were replaced in Coolidge and Pierpont, and Coolidge was also repainted. Furniture was replaced in student rooms throughout Leach, and parts of Coolidge and Prince.
Upgrades were made to the fire protection system in Mary Lyon, as well as to the plumbing and heating systems in various Central Area residence halls. Bathrooms were renovated in Brett and Mackimmie.
The University has begun the process of selecting a designer for Harold Alfond Hall, a new addition to the Isenberg School of Management. The $8.8 million project is scheduled to begin construction in the fall of 2000.
In addition to new buildings and major restoration projects, numerous maintenance projects are scheduled around campus. New roofs will be installed shortly on Chenoweth Lab, French Hall, and the Curry Hicks Cage. Each of the projects has a pricetag of roughly $500,000. Installation of a new fence around the W.E.B. Du Bois Library will allow freer access around the library. The $300,000 project is being partially funded by individual contributions from the campus community.
Expenditures for the projects come from several sources, including campus funding, legislative appropriations, the state building authority, and the UMass Building Authority. Along with the major projects, work will continue on upgrading steam lines, mechanical systems, and utilities, as well as making accessibility upgrades and general repairs across campus.