The University

A memorable day

J. Keith Motley, PhD, UMass Boston Chancellor | February 17, 2012

Celebration was in the air yesterday as so many from our campus and surrounding communities came together to mark a milestone in the construction of the first new academic building on our campus in nearly forty years.

I had the great pleasure of occasionally watching from my office window the steady stream of people dropping by the Integrated Sciences Complex site to autograph a steel beam that was hoisted into place during our afternoon topping-off ceremony, symbolically marking the completion of the building’s steel construction.

By the time the beam was raised and put into place, I couldn’t see any more space left to sign. Well over 500 people signed the steel beam. Nearly as many people logged on to the webcam to watch all or part of the festivities. You can see the steel beam on the webcam now.

I am very grateful that so many of you showed your support. While the signing ceremony marked a symbolic end to steel construction, it also signaled the beginning of new work, such as pouring concrete floors and installing plumbing and wiring. While the progress going forward won’t be as dramatically visible as was the steel construction, know that it will still be happening, and that we are on track to open the ISC’s doors in the fall of next year.

On that opening day, our campus will feature an additional 220,000 square feet of state-of-the-art labs, research and teaching spaces, and study areas to encourage exploration, collaboration, and discovery to reach new heights. It’s no less than our University of Massachusetts Boston community deserves.

I’d like to thank once more the many people who have spent so much of their time working to ensure that every aspect of the ISC’s construction goes smoothly. Because of your hard work, our dreams are becoming a reality.