Vol. 12 No. 8 - March, 2010

Albert Sherman Center construction begins April 19

Project will entail parking and traffic adjustments

ASC rendering
Rendering provided by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge
Construction of the Albert Sherman Center is scheduled to begin in April. The new facility will expand and unify the campus, double research space and provide the ideal learning environment envisioned in the strategic plan.

The wait is finally over. Starting on Monday, April 19, the Medical School community will witness the start of the next campus transformation as construction of the $400-million Albert Sherman Center begins. The nine-story, 480,000-square-foot Sherman Center will expand and unify the campus, double its research capacity and support the ideal learning environment envisioned in the strategic plan. When the building is completed in 2012, the facility will provide a new front door for the campus and house some of the institution’s leading-edge programs.

The first construction steps include closing the north end of First Road, eliminating the Basic and West parking lots at the corner of First and North Roads, and establishing new routes and stops for the shuttle buses. These changes will necessitate expansion of the free shuttle parking program.

Phase II of the shuttle parking program

Those affected by Phase II of the shuttle parking program include first-year School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students and additional UMass Memorial employees. No additional Medical School employees will be assigned to the free shuttle program at this time, although incentives are in place to encourage car pooling and use of public transportation. Employees who wish to take advantage of the free parking option are encouraged to volunteer for the shuttle parking program.

Individuals who enter the shuttle parking program during Phase II will be assigned parking at the former Spag’s/Building 19 parking lot on Route 9 in Shrewsbury, which will be exclusively designated for them. The new shuttle will begin running on April 20, since April 19 is a state holiday. First-year SOM and GSBS students will not have assigned parking on the University campus until they become second-year students in early August. All students and employees can park on campus after 5 p.m. on weekdays and at any time on weekends and holidays.

Employees with reserved parking in the Basic Lot will be assigned to Level 5 of the First Road garage, with the entire 259-space level designated for reserved parking. A number of employees who are on the waiting list for reserved parking will be offered the opportunity to pay for a reserved spot on Level 5 of the First Road garage at this time.

These parking adjustments ensure that sufficient parking remains available for employees and students with assigned on-campus parking. Construction of a 1,000-space garage on the west side of Plantation Street is planned (pending final approval) in the next 18 months to accommodate future parking needs.

Traffic changes

With the closing of First Road, traffic patterns on campus will change slightly. Shuttle bus routes will be reconfigured to accommodate the project. Construction vehicles will be limited to entering and exiting the construction site on First Road via Plantation Street and North Road. Although cars will be barred from First Road near the construction site, the Medical School entrances will remain accessible and open.

For the latest construction, parking and traffic related information, visit the Sherman Center Web site: www.umassmed.edu/shermancenter.