From Enclave
to Campus

The University of Massachusetts Boston master plan converts an outdated academic enclave into a true campus, one prepared for an influx of students and 21st-century learning.

Since 2007, NBBJ has provided ongoing master-planning services for UMass Boston’s 110-acre campus, located on the Columbia Point peninsula, surrounded by Boston Harbor. The master plan reconfigures the campus, a 1970s brick enclave with little relationship to its context, beginning with the demolition of a two-story garage at its center. In its place, a new central quad will create a sense of place and identity.

Further phased interventions include new academic buildings and an entire new 2,000-bed residential quarter, connected by reconfigured streets and pedestrian boulevards that form gateways to the surrounding neighborhood and the Boston Harbor waterfront.

Upon acquisition of a nearby 20-acre Bayside Expo property, UMass Boston retained NBBJ in 2012 to revise the 2009 Campus Master Plan in anticipation of enrollment growth to 25,000 students in 2025, and to further enhance the University’s position as a leader in improving the Columbia Point peninsula.