Building Our Campus
The University of Massachusetts Boston’s newest academic building will serve students, faculty, and staff from multiple disciplines, including art, chemistry, and performing arts. Everyone on campus will benefit from the added study spaces and new café.
This building, known as General Academic Building No.1 (GAB No.1), is now in the design development stage. It is expected to open in mid-2016.
“We’ve achieved a significant milestone in the planning for our second new academic building,” Chancellor J. Keith Motley said. “This General Academic Building will bring to our campus a host of new and interactive classrooms that will further enhance the learning experience of our students.”
The 190,000-square-foot building will be located on the parcel identified as “Site B” in the master plan—the former home of the North Lot.
GAB No. 1 will feature 26 general-use classrooms in a wide range of sizes, studios for the Art Department, and teaching labs for the Chemistry Department. It will also include an acting classroom and music practice rooms for the Performing Arts Department. A 150- to 200-seat theater, a recital hall, and a dance studio will offer ample space for public performances.
The building will also house faculty and staff offices, a café, student study spaces, each area will have state-of-the-art amenities.
Boston-based architectural firm Wilson Architects is designing the building to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Gilbane Building Company is serving as the project’s construction manager.
The UMass Building Authority is funding the $113 million project.
GAB No. 1 will be the second new building constructed as part of the university’s 25-year campus master plan. The first new structure, the Integrated Sciences Complex, opened in spring 2015.