“Pathways to Excellence”
In 2007, the same year that current Chancellor J. Keith Motley was named the eighth chancellor of UMass Boston, the university unveiled a 25-year Master Plan to renew and redevelop the campus. The first stage of the plan—construction of the Integrated Sciences Complex and General Academic Building No. 1—is well under way. Open since spring 2015, the Integrated Sciences Complex is the UMass Boston’s first new academic building since the campus was built in 1974. General Academic Building No. 1 will follow in mid-2016.
Meanwhile, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, which the late senator requested be built on the UMass Boston campus next to the JFK Library, opened in March 2015.
In May 2010, the university purchased the site of the former Bayside Exposition Center. In the short term, the site will provide needed parking during construction projects. Planning for future development is now under way as the new property is being integrated into the existing campus master plan. This development will aim to create a “Pathway to Excellence” along Mt. Vernon Street, connecting the existing campus with the Bayside property, a vision for Columbia Point outlined by Chancellor Motley in 2010.