The University of Massachusetts Boston will begin construction on a $113 million academic building in the upcoming weeks, a project that is expected to finish in 2015, according to UMass Boston officials.
The 181,000-square foot building will house classrooms, a theater, a recital hall, studios, teaching labs, student lounges, and a cafeteria, according to a statement released by the university. Three academic programs - art, chemistry, and performing arts - will be based in the new building. According to officials, plans for the building began in 2010.
This project is part of UMass Boston’s 25-year master plan, which was created in 2007. The plan includes an Integrated Sciences Complex -- the first new academic building on campus in nearly 40 years, which is scheduled to open in fall 2014.
The Globe reported in April of 2012 that this academic building and the Integrated Sciences Complex are part of the $500 million Phase One of the master plan. Phase One, which began in 2008, is scheduled to last until 2017. As part of Phase One, the university intends to renovate roads, academic buildings, the Harbor Walk. Officials also said today that other plans include building a parking garage and residence hall that would house 1,000 students.