The UMass expansion will bring a new building at the gateway to the campus, a sleek, glass-walled science center that is expected to be completed by the fall of 2014. The university is also planning construction of two other academic buildings and about 2,000 dorm rooms over the next decade or so.
“We want this to be a destination for people when they come to Boston, and we believe this peninsula can become that,” said university chancellor J. Keith Motley. “Our plan is to make it more beautiful, open and accessible to our students and the surrounding community.”
The plans include transportation improvements and construction of a large green or quad at the center of the campus. The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate, next to the JFK Library, is expected to open within two years, and should also bring more students, tourists and residents to the area.
Among the uncertainties is what UMass will do with the adjacent Bayside Exposition Center, which it acquired out of foreclosure in 2010 and remains idle. The university is only now considering plans, including one to turn it into a health and science center with classrooms, laboratories and recreation space. In the short term, the property will be used for additional parking.
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