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UMass Boston 'tops off' new science building ahead of schedule

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 16, 2012 03:03 PM

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Chancellor Keith Motley leaving his mark on the final beam to be added to the new structure's steel skeleton.

The University Massachusetts Boston celebrated the “topping-off” of its new Integrated Sciences Complex Thursday afternoon.

The ceremony was a major milestone for the school. The new center will be the first academic building built on the campus in the past 40 years. The university says it is ahead of schedule on the project.

“That’s the kind of noise I want to hear all over campus,” said Chancellor Keith Motley amid the sounds of cranes and jack hammers. “It means there is progress all over campus.”

The new 220,000-square-foot structure, expected to be completed in fall 2013, will cost an estimated $155 million.

“We are excited that the winter has been good to us so we’ve been able to keep construction going,” said Carole Cornelison, commissioner of the state's Division of Capital Asset Management. “This is really the first step in the transformation of this campus and will provide the platform for a world-class education.”

The six-story building will include dry and wet research laboratories along with support space, an infant-cognition lab, undergraduate biology teaching labs, and two research centers.

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

The university is also in the planning phase of another academic building, which officials expect to break ground on in the summer of 2012. The 171,000-square-foot general academic building is expected to cost nearly $100 million and provide the school with more space for classes.

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A rendering of the new ISC building expected to be completed in fall 2013.

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