Cost: $119 million (construction cost); $130 million (total project cost)

Size: 191,000 gsf; 103,740 nsf

Project team: Wilson Architects (architect); Gilbane Building Company (construction manager); LeMessurier Consultants (structural engineer); BR+A Consulting Engineers (M/E/P/FP engineering); Pare Corporation (civil/traffic /environmental permitting); CRJA-IBI Group (landscape architect); Theater Projects Consultants (arts/performing arts space planner); MoharDesign (interiors); Acentech (acoustics/vibration); Nick Browse, Cavanaugh Tocci Associates (audio/visual); Colburn & Guyette (food services); TSG Solutions (security); Building Envelope Technologies (building enclosure)

Description: Wilson Architects completed University of Massachusetts Boston’s four-story, 191,000 gsf University Hall building in 2016. The facility contains 26 general purpose classrooms and three significant academic departments: Art, Performing Arts and Chemistry. University Hall serves as a unique STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning environment and has become a dynamic hub for the diverse commuter student population.

The Department of Chemistry moved its teaching laboratories from the original 1965 Science Building to its new home in University Hall in 2016. The majority of the third floor of the new facility is dedicated to chemistry, boasting 14 teaching laboratories, various prep laboratories, faculty offices and storage facilities. University of Massachusetts Boston offers numerous degree programs in chemistry, medicine and nursing and this is reflected in the laboratory design, with specific bench and fume hood arrangements. Each laboratory boasts natural light, via exterior windows or the expansive atrium that forms the core of the building. Special attention was paid to the specific pedagogical and safety needs of chemistry, including custom casework design for student kits and a safety wall in each lab with emergency shower, personal protective equipment and chemical waste storage.  

University Hall incorporates state-of-the-art sustainable design strategies and is certified LEED Gold, standing as a testament to University of Massachusetts’ ongoing mission of academic excellence.

Completion date: January 2016

Contact: Samir Srouji, Principal, 617-283-8744,

Photography credit: © Anton Grassl Photography