University Hall
Boston, Massachusetts

Prior to the opening of University Hall, the UMASS Boston theater, music, and dance classrooms and performance venues were in found spaces spread throughout the campus. The new building provides a purpose-built 150-seat recital hall, a 200-seat studio theater, shops, rehearsal rooms, and studios. Nextstage Design principal Tony Forman served as theater planner and project manager while working at Theatre Projects Consultants. He provided insight and leadership to the design team to create safe, modern spaces for performance and instruction. Use of simple materials and an efficient layout will enable the performing arts to grow and flourish, serving the South Boston community, students, and teaching artists for generations to come. In addition, the four-story building houses 2,000 seats in general education classrooms, faculty and staff offices, a café, student lounge, and study spaces.

Institution
University of Massachusetts Boston

Architect
Wilson Architects

Acoustician
Acentech

Construction Manager
Gilbane Building Company

Construction Type
New construction

Square Feet
191,000

Cost
$113 million

Completion
2016

Users
Department of Performing Arts

Spaces
200-seat studio theater, 150-seat recital hall

Awards
LEED Silver (pending)

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