UMass Boston Cuts Ribbon on New Integrated Sciences Complex

Crystal Valencia | April 01, 2015
UMass Boston Cuts Ribbon on New Integrated Sciences Complex

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The University of Massachusetts Boston today officially opened its state-of-the-art $182 million Integrated Sciences Complex (ISC) with a ribbon cutting and a blast of confetti, celebrating the first new academic building on campus in 40 years. The five-story, 220,000-square-foot research facility, which sits at the entrance of the university’s Columbia Point campus, is a testament to the university’s commitment to research. 

Chancellor J. Keith Motley was joined by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, UMass President Robert Caret, local and state officials, and more than 200 UMass Boston students, faculty, and staff for the ribbon cutting ceremony in the building’s glass atrium, overlooking the harbor.

“We now have a physical facility that matches the exceptional research capabilities of our students and faculty,” Motley said. “They have earned worldwide recognition for their work, now we are providing them with the cutting-edge research facilities that they deserve.”

The ISC boasts wet and dry research laboratories, undergraduate Biology teaching labs, an interdisciplinary undergraduate sandbox teaching lab, and two new research centers – an infant cognition lab, and the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy, a partnership with the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.

Confetti rains down in the new Integrated Sciences Complex.

"The Integrated Sciences Complex on the UMass Boston campus is a beautiful new gateway to Columbia Point on Dorchester Bay where students, faculty, and the science community will come together to learn, collaborate, and discover," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston is a world leader in innovation, and this new building is a powerful symbol of our shared commitment to pursuing scientific breakthroughs that will resonate near and far.”

The Integrated Sciences Complex ribbon cutting comes two days after the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate opened on UMass Boston’s campus. The university is also building a General Academic Building, set to open in spring 2016.

 “The ISC was the first new facility we envisioned for the campus in our bold and innovative 25-year master plan,” Motley said. “Its completion is an achievement of which we can all be proud, as it represents one of many concrete steps that our university is taking to transform and renew our campus. Today, with the formal opening of this amazing facility, we are on our way.”

Along with Motley, Walsh, and Caret, event speakers included Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President Susan Windham-Bannister, UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Victor Woolridge, and James Burns, head of the Sanofi Boston R&D Hub.

The Integrated Sciences Complex is also the first building on campus that will earn the United States Green Building Council’s LEED silver certification, with sustainable features such as the rooftop solar hot water system and laboratory spaces that take advantage of natural daylight.

The building was designed by Boston-based architectural firm Goody Clancy, and was built by Walsh Brothers. The State's Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance managed the project.

About UMass Boston
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit

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