BOSTON, MA – Shawmut Design and Construction joined University of Massachusetts Boston on Thursday, December 1 for the ground breaking of its first on-campus residential building. Set to open in fall of 2018, the new residence hall will offer a mixture of styles ranging from single-occupancy apartments to four-person units, along with flexible living-learning spaces.

Shawmut worked closely with the UMass Building Authority, Capstone Development Partners, Elkus Manfredi Architects, and the Campus to develop the plan and design for the project. The private-public project will include 1,077 student beds targeted primarily to first-year students and an approximately 23,000 square-foot dining commons for both residents and the campus community. The residence hall will form the new northern gateway to campus, and is part of the university’s 25-year Campus Master Plan.

“We’re proud to be part of UMass Boston’s first-ever residence hall,” said Kevin Sullivan, vice president at Shawmut. “This private-public partnership is a true collaborative effort and we are excited to be part of the team.”

The development will consist of two buildings, ranging from seven to twelve stories, totaling approximately 250,000 square feet. The community will also include living-learning amenities such as seminar rooms, study lounges, and other social and academic amenities to support student success and enhance the quality of campus life. Shawmut recently completed renovations at Northeastern University, Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University, and Simmons College.