The University

25-Year Campus Master Plan

The Master Plan Framework Map displays current and future building sites and campus landscapes.

In 2009, the University of Massachusetts Boston unveiled the bold and innovative 25-year Master Plan, which outlined the development that will transform the campus into a cutting edge, sustainable, and attractive environment. The master plan is the physical realization of the university’s strategic vision: becoming a model student-centered, urban public research university of the 21st century. Reinventing the 1970s campus, the plan calls for new buildings, landscapes, circulation corridors, and utilities. The recommendations in the plan serve as a flexible blueprint and framework for a campus infrastructure and landscape that reflects UMass Boston’s highest academic ambitions, its urban mission, and its commitment to enhancing the student experience and improving connections with its neighbors.

Already underway in design and construction, the first phase of the master plan (2008 through 2017) includes the university’s first new academic buildings since its inception, rerouting the roads and utilities creating a safer and efficient campus that takes advantage of the breathtaking surroundings, and a new stretch of the HarborWalk path that runs along the waterfront.

As the campus begins its transformation, detailed planning for additional near-term projects include the second general academic building, a parking garage, a residence hall, expanding the hot and chilled water capacity, the demolition of the former Bayside Expo Center, renovations to the university’s facilities on Nantucket, planning for the re-use of the Calf Pasture Pumping Station, and the demolition of the Science Center and substructure.

The Office of Campus Master Planning seeks and welcomes the input and feedback from the many constituents – from students, faculty, and staff to alumni, friends, neighbors, and visitors who contribute to the university’s success. This is central to the planning process. As we begin to implement the campus master plan, we invite you to review work accomplished, and to take an active role in project planning and implementation by attending open meetings, meeting with the campus master planning team, or by offering comments, feedback, or questions via email.

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir the blood and probably will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work.” – Daniel Burnham, architect and urban planner

Download the Master Plan and its appendices here:

Master Plan        Master Plan Appendices

Office of Campus Master Planning

University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
617.287.5100 (telephone)