Get an Update on UMass Boston Campus Construction

Office of Communications | May 08, 2013
Get an Update on UMass Boston Campus Construction

The UMass Boston community is invited to enjoy ice cream and hear the latest on upcoming campus construction projects on May 14, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.

Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Ellen O’Connor and members of the Construction Impact Awareness and Advisory Committee are hosting the end-of-semester event. 

Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation Project to Begin

Work on the Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation (UCRR) Project is scheduled to begin this summer. This project will have a major impact on campus roadways and parking for the next two years.

The UCRR is critical to the renewal of our campus. Campus utilities, which are currently in the garage under the plaza, will be moved to a new corridor beneath the reconfigured campus roadway so they can be connected to our new buildings. This project will also allow us to remove the center plaza and build a greener, more inviting campus.

The university is now determining how to best balance construction demands with the needs of our campus community, and looking at how we can minimize disruption.

In late June construction crews will begin to install underground mechanical vaults in several locations, which will result in several changes. Two parking lots will close: the short-term lot between McCormack and Wheatley halls, and Lot A, between the track and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute construction site. The short-term lot will reopen in the fall, but Lot A will remain closed.

In addition, the section of University Drive North between the GAB No. 1 construction site and the Massachusetts Archives will close throughout the summer and fall, and traffic will be detoured.

The Campus Center garage will close for the summer immediately following commencement so a retaining wall can be built near the entrance. Handicapped-accessible parking will be relocated to Beacons Lot.

To find out more about the different phases of the UCRR Project, visit
The university will continue to keep the campus community abreast of plans as they develop, including through timely Construction Updates. More information is available on our Construction Updates website.

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