Construction Milestones, Challenges this Fall

Office of Communications | August 28, 2014
Faculty will be moving into the Integrated Sciences Complex this fall.

Faculty will be moving into the Integrated Sciences Complex this fall.
Image by: Christian Arthur

Welcome back to campus! You will notice some things have changed – most noticeably the near completion of the Integrated Sciences Complex. Although we will have much progress to celebrate in the coming months, this fall semester will also bring significant challenges as we continue our work to enhance our campus with new facilities that will make the University of Massachusetts Boston an even better place to learn, teach, discover, and work.

With increased enrollment and more construction on campus, it is becoming progressively more challenging to park on campus. The South Lot will close permanently this week to continue the critical project of relocating our utilities and roadways. To accommodate our parking needs and avoid construction on campus, drivers are encouraged to go directly to the UMass Boston Bayside parking lot on Mt. Vernon Street. A dedicated shuttle bus (Route 3) provides service directly from Bayside to the Campus Center, and our Public Safety Department is on duty at the lot.

To minimize any disruption to your day we suggest that you:

  • Allow extra time when traveling to campus
  • Plan your route in advance
  • Use public transportation and the free UMass Boston shuttle bus whenever possible
  • Anticipate limited parking on the campus

This fall researchers and their laboratories from Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, and the School for the Environment will begin moving into the new Integrated Sciences Complex with undergraduate biology teaching labs opening in the spring. Also the Edward M. Kennedy Institute project team is finishing their work and will move staff into the building to prepare for a spring opening. Construction of the General Academic Building No. 1 continues to progress, as crews work to enclose the building before winter.

This fall crews are restoring and stabilizing UMass Boston’s 800-foot stretch of the HarborWalk on the north side of campus between the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Harbor Point Apartments. More than 1,500 tons of granite blocks, salvaged from the Central Artery/Tunnel Project construction and given to the university by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, will be reused to create the seawall. A temporary detour route through campus is being used while that area of the HarborWalk remains closed for construction.

We will continue to keep you informed about construction activity that may impact your daily routine on campus through these Construction Updates and on the university’s webpage, www.umb.edu. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as construction work accelerates on campus.

Tags: construction , edward m. kennedy institute for the united states senate , emk , gab no. 1 , general academic building no. 1 , integrated sciences complex , isc , parking

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