The University of Massachusetts Boston, a New England Council member, dedicated its new science complex recently. The center, which opened at the start of the spring semester, is formally known as the Integrated Sciences Complex.
The $182 million center is the first new academic building on campus since 1974. Campus officials say they hope the striking new building will help UMass establish closer ties with Boston’s burgeoning innovation economy. It hosts five of the school’s academic departments, biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and the school for the environment. The complex also includes 126 labs and support spaces.
“It’s just a beginning, but this building is symbolic. When you come on campus, it embraces you and says, ‘We mean business.’ It’s a long way from where we started as an institution. We’ve been able to attract away and hire great minds. When people see the innovation that’s happening in this city and the new reality of the university, they get excited,” say J. Keith Motley, chancellor of UMass Boston, in a January Boston Globe article on the new building.
The New England Council congratulates UMass Boston on this exciting new addition to campus and looks forward to seeing the many great discoveries and technologies students produce within it.
Please see the Boston Globe for pictures from the dedication ceremony.