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 Major Capital Projects

Charlton College of Business Expansion

SMAST Expansion

Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building (iSEB)


Charlton College of Business Expansion


Envisioned 22,000 square foot ‘Learning Pavilion’ that will contain critically needed space including classrooms, meeting spaces, an auditorium and technology enhanced areas.  The Learning Pavilion is to be an architectural ‘gateway' providing a clear accessible entry point to the inner academic campus. 

The project is currently moving toward the ‘construction document’ phase.



Projected Schedule:

Design:                                     Aug-2014 to May-2015

Bidding:                                    May-2015 to June-2015

Construction:                            June-2015 to October-2016



The expansion will:


  • Promote a sense of community and enhance the overall student experience.
  • Encourage meaningful interactions between faculty and students via seminar rooms, public spaces, technology labs and general classrooms with proximity close to faculty offices.
  • Provide a front door to the existing facility which currently feels isolated and provide visibility for the Charlton College of Business.
  • Provide space for large meetings in an auditorium with a capacity of 160 people.  This space will allow the Charlton College of Business to host events within its own building and meet a critical university-wide need for more rooms with a capacity larger than 100.
  • Elevate the college’s standing among other academic institutions in the region, and in the eyes of potential students, parents, recruiters, and the business community.
  • Enhance the graduate programs by providing space that accommodates the particular needs of students such as teamwork space, expanded technology facilities and web-based data outlets.
  • Allow the University to maintain competitive positioning and meet increasing expectations from consumers and stakeholders.  To stay competitive, business schools must pursue higher standards across all dimensions including those that are impacted by space and infrastructure.


SMAST Expansion

Construction of a new research facility on South Rodney French Boulevard for UMass Dartmouth’s (UMD) School for Marine and Science Technology (SMAST) at Clark’s Point in New Bedford as well as selected renovations to their adjacent existing facility. The project also includes space for the Division of Marine Fisheries, to be accommodated in both the new and the existing SMAST buildings.

The project is currently moving toward the ‘design development’ phase.


  • Designer: Ellenzweig
  • Owner’s Project Manager: Hill International
  • Construction Manager at Risk:  Selection Interviews to be held 6-Mar-2015
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $40.3M
  • Total Project Cost: $55M


Projected Schedule:

Design:                                     Dec-2014 to Nov-2015

Construction:                                      18-24 Months


The following goals were established for the project:


  • Integrate the entire SMAST teaching and research program at the SMAST campus, including researchers in SMAST 1 and those currently located in leased space in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
  • Accommodate four critical new faculty hires and growth of existing researcher programs.
  • Replace and expand the existing out-dated SMAST 1 seawater research facility.
  • Accommodate SMAST classroom teaching and public out-reach on-site
  • Accomplish SMAST 1 facility priority renovations.
  • Accommodate Mass. DMF offices, dive-gear and exterior equipment storage program onsite, and enhance synergies between DMF and SMAST programs.


Approved Project Solution

A number of scenarios regarding renovation and new construction were examined to optimize the benefits to SMAST. After multiple iterations, the following approach was selected:


  • Demolish the existing Naval Reserve Center (NRC) building on an adjacent parcel
  • Construct a new 76,000 gross square foot "SMAST 2" building on the NRC site
  • Provide limited, “high-priority” renovations at the existing SMAST 1 building
  • Provide site/landscape and utility work required to combine the sites into an integrated SMAST campus. The proposed sitework includes work on City of New Bedford land between the SMAST 1 and SMAST 2 sites, requiring a City / National Park Service easement (in progress).

The new 76,000 gross square foot SMAST 2 building at the NRC site includes:


  • Flexible wet/dry research labs and researcher offices
  • Flexible classroom space that may also be used for SMAST public out-reach programs
  • Seawater research facility
  • SMAST Administration space
  • DMF offices and dive-gear program


Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building (iSEB)

Envisioned as the “hub” of our  STEM programs located in several different colleges and buildings.  To produce a new facility program that will start to align these pr ograms more efficiently and effectively.  To place certain aspects of the science in the appropriate setting.  To produce recommendations for the appropriate growth areas and the capital renewal and potential backfill of our existing STEM facilities.

The project is currently in the programming phase.

  • Designer: Ellenzweig
  • Construction Manager at Risk:  TBD
  • Total Project Cost: $55M – Advocating for $20M additional


Projected Schedule:

Program:                                   9 Months

Project Goals for this Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Facility: 

Provide for Program Needs:

  • Laboratories and support spaces for the chemical and physical sciences;
  • Specialized shared wet and dry research laboratories that meet urgent needs for the physical sciences, the engineering department, and other science departments;
  • Classroom space, general instructional spaces, and general lecture halls;
  • Space for the storage and handling of chemical and research waste;
  • Informal public gathering spaces that will promote interdisciplinary collaboration and a sense of community;
  • Offices for faculty and graduate students;
  • Building operations spaces;

Space that enhances the sense of place through its thoughtful placement in the landscape and integration of public art throughout the facility.