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Building Our Campus

Rendering of University Hall

University Hall

  • The building will contain state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching labs, and specialized spaces for the Art and Performing Arts Departments

  • It is set to open in mid-2016

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.

University Hall, previously called General Academic Building No.1 (GAB No.1), is under construction. 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 is located on the parcel identified as “Site B” in the master plan—the former home of the North Lot.

University Hall 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.

University Hall is 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.