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Construction at UMass Boston is moving forward

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 12, 2012 03:51 PM

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The new Integrated Sciences Complex.

The steel is up and progress is being made on the University of Massachusetts Boston’s new science building.

The college broke groundon the $185 million, 222,000-square-foot Integrated Sciences Complex, broke ground in June 2011. The structure was topped off in February 2012.

The new building, near the entrance of the Columbia Point school, will be a six-story structure that will include dry and wet research laboratories along with support space, an infant-cognition lab, undergraduate biology teaching labs and two research centers.

Currently, crews are working to make the building weather tight for winter, adding the glass curtain wall, installing the roof and adding green sheathing. Plumbing and electrical work on the interior of the building has also begun.

Although there is still a lot of work to be done, the building is expected to be open in the fall of 2014.

“There should be minimal impact over the winter because the noisy stuff is done,” said Dorothy Renaghan, assistant vice chancellor for facilities management.

The building is part of the university’s Master Plan, which was developed in 2007.

This winter will also be busy for the university as it begins readying for construction of its General Academic Building 1. The $113 million project, expected to break ground in February 2013, will construct a 181,000 square-foot building adjacent to the school’s campus center, currently where the 550-space North Parking Lot is located.

The new building, estimated to be open by 2015, will house a number of art and general academic classrooms including a 150-seat recital hall, art studios, 26 classrooms, discussion halls and a 500-seat lecture hall.

“We want to provide instructional space for our students that are the right size and the right quality,” said Renaghan. “This building will allow is to do that.”

Construction fence is expected to go up around the lot in late December, with cars being diverted to the parking lots at the Bayside Expo Center, purchased by the university in 2010.

The school has created a web page for those who would like updates about current work. To find out more, click here.

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(Image courtesy UMass Boston)

A rendering of the General Academic Building 1.

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