Building Our Campus
UMass Boston’s new Integrated Sciences Complex – a 220,000-square-foot, $182-million steel-and-glass facility – is the first new academic building on the university's Columbia Point campus since it opened in 1974. Adjacent to the Quinn Administration Building and the Healey Library, its prominent location makes an immediate welcoming impact on those arriving via UMass Boston’s main entrance.
The Integrated Sciences Complex positions UMass Boston to move forward with its strategic vision to increase the breadth and sophistication of its research enterprise while honoring its historical commitment to teaching excellence. The new building advances student and faculty access, engagement, and success with state-of-the-art research, teaching, and training laboratories.
The new facility brings together several science research programs from across the university into an interdisciplinary academic hub. Biology; chemistry; environmental, earth, and ocean sciences; physics; and psychology research programs from the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Liberal Arts are in the building.
Enhancing Research Activities
In addition, the sciences complex enhances UMass Boston’s research activities by becoming home to the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy, a partnership between UMass Boston and the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. The sciences complex also features four introductory biology teaching labs.
The Integrated Sciences Complex demonstrates UMass Boston’s commitment to environmental stewardship by incorporating sustainable design measures such as solar hot-water panels to convert sunlight to energy; reduced-flow fixture to conserve water; high-efficiency, low-emissions boilers; and high-performance air-handling units, ductwork, and lighting.
The campus will seek Silver certification for the Integrated Sciences Complex from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. This will make the Integrated Sciences Complex the first LEED-certified building on the UMass Boston campus.
To accommodate the changing needs of the scientific community, Boston-based architectural firm Goody Clancy designed the facility to promote interaction and collaboration across disciplines, including:
- Café, lounge, and lobby space
- Exhibition and event space
- A multidisciplinary Sandbox lab designed for research and capstone projects
When entering campus, you can see the Integrated Sciences Complex adjacent to the Quinn Administration Building and the Healey Library.