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The Master Plan Steering Committee has charged several technical advisory subcommittees with recommending design criteria and standards based on best practices and benchmarks. These subcommittees are comprised of faculty, student, staff and external consultant experts as well as representatives from the campus community with interest in the fields of each of the subcommittee's focus. These subcommittees meet independently, update the steering committee on progress regularly, collaborate with each other as needed, and will submit a final report to the steering committee when their work concludes.

Architecture and Landscape Design

Architecture and Landscape Design Guidelines (June 2012)


  • Develop and recommend design guidelines and built-form parameters for all campus buildings. Elements to be considered include, but are not limited to, building placement, height and orientation, facades, materials, relationship to open spaces, signage, accessibility, campus-wide needs (i.e. storage), sustainability, and safety planning.
  • Develop and recommend standards and guidelines for green, open spaces (i.e. site landscaping, plant materials).
  • Coordination with Subcommittees on Campus Housing and Athletics may be necessary

Athletics and Recreation 

Final Report (October 2009)


  • Document the athletic and recreational programmatic existing and future needs of UMass Boston
  • Recommend guidelines and standards for athletic and recreational spaces based on industry standards and benchmarks

Campus Housing


  • Recommend programming needs of new resident halls (i.e. suite arrangements, apartments, or single/double rooms; dining; recreation, etc.)
  • Develop operating and capital cost estimates for new campus housing.

Construction Impact & Awareness Advisory Committee


  • Recommend mitigation measures that will help to ensure continuity of university operations during campus construction.
  • Specific areas that will require mitigation plans include parking and transportation, noise on the campus and in the surrounding neighborhood, and signage


Information Technology 

Final Report (September 2009)


  • Recommend minimum standards or guidelines for information technology requirements in support of instructional and pedagogical needs when designing new and renovated facilities

Parking and Transportation

Final Report (Fall 2011)


  • Recommend strategies and policies for improving vehicular and pedestrian circulation as changes to the campus are implemented.
  • Develop strategies for incorporating multi-modal transportation alternatives into the design of the campus.
  • Recommend architectural design guidelines for structured parking facilities.

Waterfront Development Subcommittee

Final Report (June 2012)


  • Recommend a program and physical plan for UMass Boston's waterfront that meets the university's strategic priorities including research, teaching, and community goals

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