The University

New beginnings

J. Keith Motley, PhD, UMass Boston Chancellor | April 01, 2011

Construction begins on Integrated Sciences Complex

Over the next few weeks you will begin to see the start of construction on our new Integrated Sciences Complex, located on the former soccer field next to the Quinn Administration Building. First the site will be fenced off, and on April 18 a construction crew is scheduled to arrive on campus and begin driving eight test piles. You will be pleased to know that the rest of the more than 300 piles needed to support the building will be driven into the ground this summer, following commencement.

Although faculty and staff from across the campus, and particularly in Administration and Finance, have spent countless hours helping to plan our new buildings over the past couple of years, the upcoming construction activity will serve as a visual indicator that we are moving from planning to implementing our 25-year master plan. It will be a long and arduous journey to rebuild our campus, but I hope you will join me in staying focused on the end goal – new and improved facilities, a more open and inviting campus, an even greater student-centered urban public research university.

On April 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the university is hosting a meeting for the surrounding community in the Ryan Lounge (McCormack Hall, 3rd floor) to discuss the beginning of construction and our progress in plotting out and implementing our master plan. All university community members are welcome to attend; please RSVP to

Groundbreaking ceremony for Kennedy Institute

I’d also like to inform you that on Friday, April 8, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will be held on Parking Lot A, near the JFK Library and Museum, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The event is expected to draw hundreds of visitors from across the country to our campus. Over the next several days you will hear more about preparation for the event and the closure of the lot for the ceremony.

I look forward to celebrating the beginning of what will be a welcome addition to our university and to Columbia Point. The event is open to the public, and I welcome you to join me. Please note that seating will be limited.

Beginning academic journeys

All over Massachusetts and the country, families are packing their bags for Boston to explore our university with their accepted students. For the more than 600 students who have registered for tomorrow’s Welcome Day, this visit will be a first step in a fruitful academic journey – hopefully, a journey they will choose to take with us.

I know many of you have volunteered to staff the event. Thank you. It means so much that our faculty and staff will be here to make our prospective students and their families feel at home on campus, and I hope you are as excited as I am to show off our university.