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UMass Boston to discuss campus construction with neighbors at Monday meeting

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 5, 2013 11:12 AM

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Residents curious about all the construction at UMass Boston will have a chance to discuss progress with university administrators Monday.

The university will host a public meeting April 8 starting at 6 p.m., to update residents on current and future projects slated for the Columbia Point campus. The meeting will be held in the Campus Center ballroom on the third floor.

Currently, crews are working on as new Integrated Sciences Complex, slated to be completed by fall 2014.

Topped off in February 2012, the $185 million, 222,000-square-foot, six-story building will expand the university’s laboratory space, research labs, and teaching labs.

The school also recently broke ground on it’s General Academic Building No. 1. The $113-million project will construct an 181,000-square-foot building on a parcel that was once the school’s North Parking Lot.

In addition to housing a 500-seat auditorium plus a cafe, the new four-story building will provide nearly 2,000 seats of classroom space as well as space for art, chemistry, and performing arts programs. That building is expected to be completed by mid-2015.

The two projects, in addition to the rehab of the Clark Gym and utility work at the school, are part of the Phase One of the school’s 25-year Master Plan developed in 2007.

Along with adding new buildings, Phase One, which will run from 2007 – 2017, will invest more than $500-million in the school and review ways to better allocate space on the campus as well as review Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation, which will work to improve traffic circulation and pedestrian connections.

In addition to discussions about the current projects at the campus, administrators will also be discussing the Master Plan and future projects slated for the school at Monday's meeting.

More information about future meetings and projects, can be found here.

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