Building Our Campus
The University of Massachusetts Boston’s newest academic building serves students, faculty, and staff from multiple disciplines, including art, chemistry, and performing arts. Everyone on campus benefits from the added study spaces and new café.
University Hall, previously called General Academic Building No.1 (GAB No.1), partially opened in time for the spring 2016 semester. As of the summer 2016 semester, classes are being held on all four floors of the building.
“We’ve achieved a significant milestone in the planning for our second new academic building,” Chancellor J. Keith Motley said. “This general academic building will bring to our campus a host of new and interactive classrooms that will further enhance the learning experience of our students.”
The 190,000-square-foot building is located on the parcel identified as “Site B” in the master plan—the former home of the North Lot.
University Hall features 26 general-use classrooms in a wide range of sizes, studios for the Art Department, and teaching labs for the Chemistry Department. It also includes an acting classroom and music practice rooms for the Performing Arts Department. A 150- to 200-seat theater, a recital hall, and a dance studio offers ample space for public performances.
The building also houses faculty and staff offices, a café, student study spaces—each area has state-of-the-art amenities.
Boston-based architectural firm Wilson Architects designed the building to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Gilbane Building Company is serving as the project’s construction manager.
The UMass Building Authority is funding the $113 million project.
University Hall is the second new building constructed as part of the university’s 25-year campus master plan. The first new structure, the Integrated Sciences Complex, opened in spring 2015.