CS&EFP University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts (UMass) System consists of five campuses, with Amherst, at 21,400 undergraduates, considered the flagship campus. Scientific research and inquiry are at the core of UMass Amherst, with half of the University’s faculty positions in the College of Natural Sciences, the School of Public Health and Health Services, and the College of Engineering. The Comprehensive Science & Engineering Facilities Plan (CS&EFP) was commissioned by UMass Amherst through DCAMM, the Commonwealth’s Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance. The CS&EFP is the result of an investigation into the existing and proposed faculty, research and student populations, the current and future research and teaching facility needs, and the quality of the existing science and engineering space on the Amherst campus.

The CS&EFP began with a thorough assessment of existing conditions in 56 buildings. The assessment was based on tours by the team, review of plans, mechanical systems and equipment, and utilities. Each building was assessed and graded to determine which buildings were appropriate for continued science programs; which buildings were suitable for classrooms or non-science functions; and which buildings were no longer appropriate to serve a useful function for the University.

The plan was developed in three, 5-year increments coinciding with the University’s capital budget cycle. The CS&EFP is organized so phased and sequential projects can be queued up and budgeted accordingly. Larger capital projects will be added in each 5-year increments, allowing rounds of backfill renovations to achieve a blend of interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary, merit-based research and departmental research buildings.

The CS&EFP strengthens the University’s research agenda by planning for state-of-the-art research facilities focusing not on departmental needs but on real world issues (i.e. cancer research, renewable energy technologies, and advanced materials). These initiatives will raise the University’s profile in science and engineering within the higher education community.

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