UMass Boston Opens First On-Campus Residence Hall

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BOSTON – Shawmut Design and Construction joined University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Building Authority, Capstone Development Partners, Elkus Manfredi Architects, and Copley Wolff Design Group yesterday for a ribbon cutting ceremony of the university’s first on-campus residential facility.

Shawmut CEO, Les Hiscoe, and vice president, Kevin Sullivan, were in attendance to celebrate the residence hall’s official opening.

This fast-tracked, 260,000-square-foot public–private project, was completed in just 20 months and forms the new northern gateway to campus as part of the university’s 25-year Campus Master Plan. Shawmut constructed two seven and twelve story buildings that offer a mixture of living styles, from single-occupancy and four-person units to flexible living-learning spaces, encompassing a total of 1,077 beds.

“I’m very proud of our team’s collaboration on a first of its kind public–private partnership on this campus,” said Kevin Sullivan, vice president at Shawmut. “This was a true team effort that delivered a state-of-the-art facility seamlessly. We are excited to be a part of a historic milestone at UMass Boston that will benefit its students for years to come.”

Additional features of the new development include living-learning amenities such as seminar rooms, study lounges, a 23,000-square-foot 500-seat dining hall, and other conveniences to promote academic and personal development.

This project represents the latest for Shawmut’s academic division, including recently completed projects at Harvard University, Boston University, and Brown University.

Pictured in Photo (L to R): Les Hiscoe, CEO; Mark Malmquist, Project Executive; Kevin Sullivan, Vice President; Bob Wice, General Superintendent.