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Renovations to Existing Academic Buildings (REAB)

In response to the opening of the Integrated Sciences Complex and University Hall, as well as 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
  • Enhancing student life by providing more student interaction and lounge spaces
  • Relocate departments from the Science Center to enable its demolition

The project, titled Renovations to Existing Academic Buildings (REAB), is being funded by the UMass Building Authority and managed by Hill International. The $45 million project is in currently in the design phase, being led by Cannon Design.

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