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The open atrium features tables and couches for studying between classes.
January 25, 2016

Campus opens University Hall to students

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  • Boston
UMass Boston begins the first phased opening of University Hall, the campus's second new building in the past two years.

Monday marked the beginning of the phased opening of University Hall, UMass Boston’s second new building in the past two years. Ten general classrooms opened today, along with a brand-new dance studio.

University Hall, when fully open, will house special studios for the visual and performing arts, chemistry labs, and both large and small classroom spaces. The 190,000-square-foot building ultimately will provide nearly 2,000 classroom seats, faculty and staff offices, a café, student lounge and study spaces, as well as specialized instructional space.

Throughout the day, students taking classes in philosophy, medicine, and jazz dance streamed into the building. Some students came just to see the new space, and many remarked on the dramatic views of Dorchester Bay and the Boston skyline from the large floor-to-ceiling windows.

Move-in activity will continue throughout the spring as parts of the building are released by the state building inspector, and special classroom equipment is moved into place.

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