UMass Dartmouth’s facilities and land use master plan is focused on the renovation, repair, and replacement of buildings and infrastructure on our 710-acre main campus.
Inventing our future
As a Tier 1 national research university, UMass Dartmouth offers its students a private college educational experience and public university value.
The master plan’s vision of an evolving UMass Dartmouth will guide the development of the only Massachusetts research university south of Boston, a critical component of the innovation ecosystem for the region and far beyond.
Written and designed by designLAB architects (Boston), CRJA Landscape Architects (Boston) and Hord, Coplan, Macht (Baltimore) after more than 18 months of study, the plan is based on feedback from students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders. It also considers the unique character of the campus' Paul Rudolph architecture and landscape. The award-winning renovation of the Claire T. Carney Library will serve as a model for future renovations.
Highlights of the plan include:
- Renovation, replacement, and expansion of academic facilities that are now between 30-50 years old. This will create 21st century flexible, collaborative, technology-rich, and engaging learning environments.
- Replacement of ﬁrst-year housing that is now 40-plus years old to provide an attractive mix of living and learning options for students.
- A renovated and expanded Campus Center/Student Union to provide improved student activity and student government spaces.
- Improved athletics and recreational facilities to increase student participation and health, enhance recruitment of student-athletes, expand community access, and build a stronger sense of Corsair pride.
- Improved parking and signage to make the campus more welcoming to the community, parents, and visiting high school students.
- A renovated and re-designed Ring Road that integrates pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile traffic, and an improved main entrance (aligned with Cross Road) and secondary entrance to enhance traffic safety on Old Westport Road.
- Sustainability best practices in construction and landscaping.
Agile and innovative
While the full cost of the plan has yet to be determined, the university expects to pursue funding from multiple sources. One source will be the Commonwealth, which has made major investments in UMass satellite facilities over the last 20 years, but has undertaken just one major building project on the main campus since the 1980s – the Claire T. Carney Library renovation. Most of the buildings constructed on campus over the last 30 years have instead been financed by the university, along with private donations.
Making this plan a reality will require us to be agile and innovative. Therefore, the university is considering a public-private partnership to replace, renovate; student housing. The university is also planning to connect a new dining facility and STEM classrooms to this project.
Master Planning Committee
Michael Hayes, Chair, Master Planning Committee and Team
Magali Carrera, Academic Affairs/ Provost
Robert Darst, Political Science
Sheila Dorgan, Health Services
Emil Fioravanti, Public Safety
Lou Goodman, Academic Affairs
Connor Joyce, Student
David Milstone, Student Affairs
Robert Naana, Student
Lucinda Poudrier‐Aaronson, Housing & Residential Education
Amit Tandon, SMAST / Physics
Adrian Tio, College of Visual & Performing Arts
Amanda Van Voorhis, Athletics
Nedjyne Victor, Student
Crystal Bradwin, University Architect
Derek Costa, Office of the Vice Chancellor of A&F
Peter Duffy, Facilities Management
Cheryl Emmett, Administrative & Fiscal Services
Kristina Gardner, Capital Projects