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.
The open atrium features tables and couches for studying between classes.
Roxanne Leal and Tatiana Alvarez, seniors, say they love the new building and the views.
Student Ayham Haddad says that the sprung floors in the dance studio "will be great for hard performances."
University Hall's general purpose classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art AV technology.
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.