The University

Spring Brings Changes at UMass Boston

In this season of growth and renewal, UMass Boston’s campus is about to bloom right along with the spring flowers. After years of careful planning, the university is taking the first visible steps toward revitalizing our campus in accordance with our 25-year master plan.

Last week, construction in the form of test piles began on the university’s Integrated Sciences Complex, where high-tech labs, modern equipment, and a more environmentally friendly design will replace our current Science Center.

Although test piles are not quite as exciting as a new building, this is an important first step in the realization of the vision that students, faculty, and staff have painstakingly nurtured and fine-tuned together. Personally, I’m thrilled to improve our capacity for scientific discovery, to provide our students better access to research opportunities, and to elevate our status as a public research university.

Our campus will not look the same this time next year! And part of the changes – in addition to the Integrated Sciences Complex – will be another building whose construction I’m eagerly anticipating.

On April 8, UMass Boston hosted the formal groundbreaking ceremony of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The institute will be located adjacent to the JFK Presidential Library & Museum; its interactivity and tremendous potential for engaging and inspiring students will make it a welcome addition to our campus.

A third site will also get some well-deserved attention as part of our spring efforts – the Bayside Exposition Center property. Since we acquired this property last year, we have used it for overflow parking, which, while convenient, does not take advantage of its great potential. It’s important that we craft a plan to develop this space in a way that furthers the university’s educational mission and benefits our surrounding communities.

That’s why friends, neighbors, faculty, staff, and students are invited to the Campus Center Ballroom on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a charrette exploring the future of the Bayside property. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

A charrette is an intensive brainstorming session in which designers, planners, and citizens collaborate on creating a vision for development; this particular charrette will provide a forum to share your ideas about the Bayside property and its possibilities, with the guidance of architectural experts.

Those who attend will be valuable participants in helping to shape Bayside’s future as part of the UMass Boston campus. We welcome and encourage you to attend. Please RSVP to community.relations@umb.edu or 617-287-5310 by April 28 to let us know if you’ll be there.

To learn more about what we have planned for the UMass Boston campus, please visit umb.edu/masterplan. Or visit umb.edu/construction to get the latest about work on the new Integrated Sciences Complex.