9 February 2017

South College at UMass Amherst Opens to Students

Students quickly filled the three-story skylit commons, a central gathering space connecting the historic South College to its new addition, on the building’s opening day this semester. Designed by KHA in association with DiMella Shaffer of Boston, the expanded academic building provides a variety of flexible learning environments and offices for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The central commons is ringed with instructional spaces on the lower floor, with faculty, graduate student, and departmental offices on the upper floors. A double-height commons on the upper floors is a gathering space for graduate students while a variety of smaller informal gathering spaces are found throughout the building.

University of Massachusetts Amherst South College
Central three-story skylit commons connects old and new buildings

UMass_Amherst_Commons_West
Double-height commons for graduate students

University of Massachusetts South College Hang Out Space
One of many smaller hang-out spaces throughout building


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