UMass Boston announced today construction is expected to begin in fall 2016 on a 1,000-bed residence hall, achieving a long-held goal of providing UMass Boston students with an on-campus residential option.
The $120 million, 260,000-square-foot residence hall development will be located at the corner of Mt. Vernon Street and the new University Drive West, near the Clark Athletic Center. It 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 residents and the entire 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 development will be built using a public-private partnership (P3) that will be the first of its kind for the UMass system. Under the arrangement, the UMass Building Authority is contracting with Capstone Development Partners, a national leader in building student housing, to lease a portion of the UMass Boston campus to construct the housing complex. The Capstone team, including Elkus Manfredi Architects and Shawmut Construction, will develop the facility, which will be financed, owned, and operated by a nonprofit management entity. UMass Boston will oversee security and student life at the facility, providing resident assistants and other support to enhance student success.