UMass Boston Opens University Hall to Students

Anna Fisher-Pinkert | January 25, 2016
The first day of classes at University Hall

The first day of classes at University Hall
Image by: Anna Fisher-Pinkert

Monday marked the beginning of the phased opening of University Hall, UMass Boston’s second new building in the past two years. Ten general classrooms opened today, along with a brand-new dance studio.

University Hall, when fully open, will house special studios for the visual and performing arts, chemistry labs, and both large and small classroom spaces. The 190,000-square-foot building ultimately will provide nearly 2,000 classroom seats, faculty and staff offices, a café, student lounge and study spaces, as well as specialized instructional space.

Throughout the day, students taking classes in philosophy, medicine, and jazz dance streamed into the building. Some students came just to see the new space, and many remarked on the dramatic views of Dorchester Bay and the Boston skyline from the large floor-to-ceiling windows.

Move-in activity will continue throughout the spring as parts of the building are released by the state building inspector, and special classroom equipment is moved into place.

View of University Hall atrium from the top floor of the building.

The open atrium features tables and couches for studying between classes.

Three female students talk to each other at a table in University Hall

Roxanne Leal and Tatiana Alvarez, seniors, say they love the new building and the views.

Students inside the dance studio at University Hall are silhouetted against a view of the Boston Harbor.

Student Ayham Haddad says that the sprung floors in the dance studio "will be great for hard performances."

Students in a classroom in University Hall listen to a lecture.

University Hall's general purpose classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art AV technology.

Students gather in the lobby of University Hall, which is bathed in light on a sunny day

Construction workers will continue to put the finishing touches on University Hall in the weeks to come, including finalizing the new recital hall and theater spaces.

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