Background and Committees

In fall 2006, UMass Boston initiated a comprehensive strategic planning process which guided by the theme: UMass Boston Renewal: Building the Student-Centered, Urban Public University of the New Century, gathered input from internal and external constituencies and resulted in a strategic road map for transforming the university and ensuring that it is able to reach its full potential as Boston's only public university. To support the strategic plan, the development of a campus master plan was commissioned to address the significant physical needs of the campus. The UMass Building Authority and the Commonwealth's Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) were strong proponents of the development of a long-term master plan for the campus. DCAM hired the architectural firm, Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, to assist in this important effort.

As part of the master planning process, a Master Plan Steering Committee comprised of a cross section of faculty, students, and staff was established and charged with studying the long term physical needs of the campus in conjunction with the university's strategic goals and objectives recommending a framework for campus development and reconstruction. The work of the Steering Committee was to proceed in an open, transparent, and participatory manner that considered input and feedback from the broad spectrum of university stakeholders and public constituents. The steering committee developed a long-term vision for the campus and guiding principles that would help direct decision-making of the framework plan

In 2007, the preferred campus master plan was presented to Chancellor Motley and his Executive Staff and was subsequently revised to reflect their guidance and direction.  The Board of Trustees was briefed on the plan on December 14, 2007 and expressed their support for the future campus plan.

With the support of the UMass President’s Office, we have collaborated with our building partners, DCAM and the UMass Building Authority on various studies, assessments, and planning initiatives in support of this plan. We have worked with a multitude of professionals with expertise in design and planning. The Master Plan Executive and Steering Committees have worked tirelessly to ensure that the development of the master plan was consistent with its vision and guiding principles. Our planning efforts have stretched across the university and external campus communities and included hundreds of interviews, meetings, workshops, presentations, and public meetings.

As a result of these collaborative planning efforts, adjustments were made to the campus master plan framework in winter 2009, while preserving the fundamental components and overall vision of the Master Plan adopted in December 2007. In December 2009, UMass Boston the Campus Master Plan was published. The campus is now implementing the first phase of the plan. In September 2011, the campus adopted a new strategic plan, Fulfilling the Promise. Moving forward, this plan will help guide the physical redevelopment of the campus.