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LARTS Renovation Project

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Project Overview

The Liberal Arts Building, better known as LARTS, houses some of the largest programs in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields and several student support centers.

This historic $97M project will take famed architect Paul Rudolph's first designed building on campus to new heights. The renovations to the campus's main academic building will update classrooms, student support spaces, and other communal learning areas to give our students the educational facility they need to achieve educational, professional, and personal success. Upgrades include adding air conditioning, energy efficiency upgrades like new exterior windows, roof, HVAC, and lighting systems. In addition to student spaces, there will also be enhancements to faculty and staff spaces.

Project Timeline

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We are currently entering the design phase of the project.

Moving & Relocation

The anticipated timeframe for moving out of the LARTS building will be at the end of the spring 2024 semester. More information regarding moving items, storage, and relocation will be available in the coming months.

Renovation Project Personnel

The UMassD Executive Committee, comprised of the Chancellor, Interim Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Facilities, and the Chief of Staff / Executive Director of Strategic Communications, provides overall direction and vision.

The UMassD Steering Committee recommends current space, future space needs, aspirations, and enrollment trends. Committee members include representatives from and made up of individuals from the Chancellor's Office, Provost's Office, College of Arts & Sciences, Faculty Senate, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, Budget and Finance, and Administration and Facilities.

The Project Team consists of:

  • UMass Building Authority (UMBA): Oversees the construction and renovation of facilities on all University of Massachusetts campuses.
  • Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM): Works with state agencies to create and manage buildings to meet the needs of the citizens they serve.
  • Leftfield Project Management: As project manager, they oversee the entire project and use their expertise in all areas of design and construction to offer advice throughout the project.
  • Sasaki: As the design firm, they oversee all design disciplines required to renovate the building and surrounding landscape.