Welcome back to UMass Boston! As you settle in for the start of the fall semester, you will notice some of the exciting changes going on around campus. The most visible change at the entrance to campus is the Integrated Sciences Complex, where construction crews are continuing exterior work on the first new academic building in 40 years. The ISC is set to open in 2014.
We have been busy this summer putting into place some new transportation enhancements and planning for new campus construction projects, including General Academic Building No. 1. Our campus redevelopment is truly under way.
We will keep you informed each week about construction activity that may impact your daily routine on campus through these Construction Updates and on the university’s website, www.umb.edu.
Transportation and parking
Advances in transportation services will help students, faculty, and staff get to and from campus this semester. A new GPS system showing the real-time locations of our shuttle buses is available on the web at umb.transloc.com and through a free mobile app. A Hubway bike-share station will soon be installed near the Campus Center, and a new pedestrian access way has been created between parking Lots D and B, cutting down the time it takes to walk from your car to campus buildings. Credit cards are now accepted at tollbooths, except in Lot A and the Bayside parking lot.
As typical for the first part of a semester, parking will be tight on campus and parking challenges are anticipated. Once lots fill up, drivers will be directed to UMass Boston’s Bayside property on Mount Vernon Street, where fees will be collected upon entry. A dedicated shuttle bus (Route 3) will provide service directly from the Bayside to the Campus Center, and our Public Safety Department will also be present at the lot to assist you. Please allow extra time when traveling to campus, plan your route in advance, and use public transportation and the free UMass Boston shuttle whenever possible.
Behind the scenes and campus work progresses
Plans are under way to break ground on the General Academic Building No. 1 in spring 2013 in the North Lot. The building has moved through schematic design to design development, which allows designers to show the first glimpse of this future classroom building. The Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation design has reached the halfway point and is also slated to begin in the spring. Crews continue drilling on campus for needed soil testing as part of the utility and roadway project.
The Clark Center gymnasium remains closed for renovations. When finished later this fall, the modernized 3,000 person facility will reopen for athletic and other campus events, and will boast a new maple floor, upgraded bleachers, and improved lighting and entryways.
The Integrated Sciences Complex exterior work continues, including a mock-up of the exterior facade and installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. To see the mock-up, walk down the service road near the western side, or BC High, side of the site.
Everyone on campus will benefit from an invisible but important electrical installation that was completed this summer. The university is now powered by a new, reliable switchgear system. Also on campus, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate construction continues behind Lot A. Foundation work is wrapping up, and steel will be erected later this fall.