Ribbon-Cutting and Dedication Ceremony at the new Integrated Sciences Center at U Mass Boston
April 1st marked an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Integrated Sciences Complex, the first academic building to be added to the University of Massachusetts Boston campus in nearly forty years. Chancellor J. Keith Motley presided over the ceremony, inviting Mayor Martin Walsh, President Robert Caret, and figures in the academic community to speak about the future of the building and research sciences at UMass Boston. The Chancellor performed the honors of cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the foot of the grand staircase, a main design feature in the central hub of the five-story building.
Goody Clancy architects designed the building to align with the university’s growing emphasis on STEM sciences. The LEED Silver targeted building consists of wet and dry research laboratories, instructional laboratories, an undergraduate “sandbox” lab, a vivarium, a café, and ample common space for student and faculty collaboration. Psychology student and speaker Maha Ramamurthy described how these spaces are being used on a daily basis, saying “The layout of this building is so beautifully done that it promotes collaboration, it promotes an interactive environment, and invokes highly interactive ambiance for grad students to share and learn resources and knowledge.”