Members of the KHA team and our design partners from DiMella Shaffer in Boston joined in the celebration marking the completion of the renovation and expansion of South College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on April 13, 2017.
Built in 1886, South College is one of the oldest buildings on campus and has served many functions throughout its history, including classroom space, student dorm rooms, natural history museum, and, in 1910, as administrative center and home of the college president’s office. Today the renovated 30,000 square foot building and the 67,500 square foot addition creates a hub for the humanities, with administrative offices for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and four of its departments, and multi-functional instructional space for campus use.
The event was held in the four-story atrium which brings together the old and the new structures and serves as a crossroads to connect the upper and lower levels of the campus. In her remarks at the ribbon cutting, Julie Hayes, Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, noted how the building’s combination of old and new “is symbolic of the enduring importance of the humanities and arts to this campus and to higher education,” and how “students and scholars look to the past to discern how people have sought to express, define, and understand the world—and they use this knowledge to inform new ideas, progress, and discovery.”