University of Massachusetts, University Crossing
May 2013 (renovation)
August 2014 (new construction)
Square Footage: 210,000
University Crossing is the development of a new center for student life and services with a robust space program and a truly unique site. Organized around three campuses within a 1-1/2 mile diameter, the university acquired a decommissioned hospital on a neutral site, central to all. After a rigorous study to determine the feasibility of reusing the existing hospital, it was resolved to demolish and rebuild the majority of the structures and to renovate the more recent buildings with a connection between the new and the existing.
The programming and planning process took into consideration not only the existing FTEs but also the projected future growth in staff. The planning included developing shared adjacencies between programs and departments to reduce redundant needs. The space program for the project goes beyond a traditional student center and includes all major student services: student clubs and organizations, retail dining and food service, meeting and conference space, lounges, the bookstore, health and counseling, career services, student engagement and enrollment success, the chancellor’s suite, registrar, bursar, financial aid, university information technology services, the police department, and parking and transportation. University Crossing is now the social hub of this emerging campus.