UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School Celebrates Newly Designed Business Innovation Hub


AMHERST, MA – UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management today officially inaugurates The Business Innovation Hub at the heart of the university’s campus, adding 70,000 square feet of hyper-collaborative study and social space to the top rated business school.

The $62 million project features classrooms designed to accommodate distance learning and connections with business leaders, labs and student-facing spaces — including an expanded career center, advising spaces, learning commons — as well as the addition of faculty offices to the school’s extensive facilities.

The new annex accompanies the renovation of select spaces in both the original 1964 building and the 2002 addition named for Harold Alfond. Together, the new and renovated facilities will combine to create a single unified facility. This flexible space, designed to accommodate future growth, will also house entrepreneur-in-residence programs and experiential learning spaces for students.

The new expansion and partial renovation of the Isenberg School of Management nearly doubles the school’s current size to address Isenberg’s monumental growth in the last decade, while introducing new facilities for faculty, staff and 5,000 students in undergraduate, master’s, and PhD programs.

Founded in 1947, the Isenberg School of Management on the University of Massachusetts’ flagship Amherst campus, has 42,000 alumni in 86 countries. Isenberg offers its AACSB-accredited courses to 4,800 students on campus, online and in blended formats. The school’s 3,400 undergraduates major in seven business disciplines, including industry specialties such as hospitality & tourism management and sport management. Nearly 1,300 students are enrolled in the Isenberg MBA, and they can focus their studies in health care administration, entrepreneurship, finance and marketing.