UMass Amherst to Build New Complex

New Worcester Commons at UMass Amherst / Rendering by Perry Dean Rogers

Amherst, MA – Shawmut Design and Construction announced the development of the new Worcester Commons at UMass Amherst. Scheduled for completion in fall 2020, the $53 million ground-up complex will create an all-new hub to enhance student life while highlighting UMass Amherst’s award-winning dining services.

Shawmut, in partnership with design firm Perry Dean Rogers and Connor Architecture, will transform an existing parking lot into an 87,000sf complex and student hub. Once completed, the facility will include a food hall-style all-you-care-to-eat dining space featuring 15 different global cuisines, a teaching kitchen, ground-floor café, commercial bakery, and new full-service restaurant concept.

The complex will incorporate a “neighborhood center,” made up of lounges, meeting and club rooms, collaboration spaces, music practice studios, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Targeting LEED Gold certification, the project team designed the new hub to provide students with a variety of modern dining options.

Located at the intersection of two main corridors of the flagship campus, the new Worcester Commons will offer students a 1,000-seat dining room, a café and grab-and-go market, and a formal dining restaurant on the top floor. The team plans to highlight the complex by showcasing two large bay windows with floor to ceiling wood curtain walls.

The project has been scheduled to allow the existing Worcester Commons to remain open during construction.

The site around the new complex will include the replacement of lot 63 parking, loading spaces for the Worcester Commons, and outdoor gathering and community spaces.