In Fall 2016, Capstone and the University of Massachusetts Building Authority with the University of Massachusetts Boston campus entered into a public private partnership for the design, development and construction of a new $163M, 1,077-bed residence and dining commons at the UMass Boston campus. The new residence hall is the University’s first on-campus housing. The project consists of two separate residential buildings enclosing approximately 250,000 sf of residential, amenity and dining space. The buildings are designed to house primarily freshmen and first-year transfer students.
The West building contains ground floor common space inclusive of a reception desk, laundry area, TV lounge, community kitchen, and game area and study lounges. In addition, each residential floor contains a corner lounge designed to accommodate RA student gatherings and encourage student activity and community building. The East building contains a 28,000 SF, 500-seat ground floor dining hall. The new residence hall was completed on-time and in budget in August 2018. In January 2019, the new residence hall attained LEED Gold Certification from the USGBC, surpassing the development team’s initial LEED Silver target. Read more about the project’s LEED Gold certification here. The Capstone and UMass Boston partnership received the 2019 Innovator Award for “Best Public Private Partnership Development”.