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McCormack Hall and Wheatley Hall Renovations

In response to the opening of the Integrated Sciences Complex and General Academic Building No. 1 and the planned demolition of the Science Center, UMass Boston has conducted a study to determine a cost-effective strategy  for renovating vacated academic space within existing campus buildings, principally located in McCormack Hall and Wheatley Hall. Both facilities were built in the 1970s and have received only minor renovations since their original construction.

This backfill renovations project will include a broad range of renovations including but not limited to: gut-level lab renovations, reconfigured classrooms, modernized office and administrative spaces, and various aesthetic improvements.

The project supports UMass Boston’s strategic and master plan goals by:

  • Providing general purpose classrooms of appropriate size and quantity
  • Providing specialized teaching and research spaces of appropriate size and quantity
  • Improving existing faculty and staff offices and administrative areas
  • Enhancing student life by providing more student interaction and lounge spaces
  • Relocating all departments from the Science Center to enable its demolition

The project, titled Renovations to Existing Academic Buildings (REAB), will be managed by the UMass Building Authority. The design and project team will be on board by mid-2014 to assist the campus with detailed programming, design, implementation phasing, and construction administration services. The first phase of backfill renovations will begin following the completion of the Integrated Sciences Complex.

This webpage will be updated as more information about the project becomes available.


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