UMass Boston to Break Ground on 1,000-Bed Residence Hall

Office of Communications | November 30, 2016
UMass Boston to Break Ground on 1,000-Bed Residence Hall

On Thursday, December 1, UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley will be joined by Secretary of Education James Peyser, UMass President Marty Meehan, UMass Building Authority Chairman Philip Johnston, and other dignitaries to break ground on the campus's first residence hall.

The $120 million, 260,000-square-foot student housing complex, located at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Street and the new University Drive West, near the Clark Athletic Center, will achieve a long-held goal of providing students with an on-campus residential option.

The groundbreaking ceremony begins at 3 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center.

The 1,077-bed residence hall will offer a mixture of styles ranging from single-occupancy apartments to four-person units, along with flexible living/learning spaces and a dining hall for the campus community. The student housing will be available to UMass Boston first-year students, and is expected to open for the fall 2018 semester. 

The residential complex will be built via an innovative public-private partnership that is the first of its kind for the UMass system. Under the arrangement, the UMass Building Authority will contract with Capstone Development, a national leader in building student housing. Learn more about the residence hall project at

Tags: construction , groundbreaking , residence hall , student housing

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Posted by Lennox Chase | December 01, 2016 - 4:23 p.m.

The addition of a on-site student residence option will foster a strong sense of community for a valuable state resource.