Campus Buildings Construction Dates

Key dates prior to construction:

1960 – Acts of 1960, Chapter 543 creates SMTI, whose board of trustees worked to consolidate New Bedford Institute of Technology and Bradford Durfee College of Technology and to plan for a new campus at North Dartmouth site.

1960 - General Court appropriated $1.5 million to be used for the acquisition of a campus site and development of the initial architectural plans.

1963 - Arthur D. Little, a consulting firm, conducted a demographic study of and higher educational needs for southeastern Massachusetts.

1963 - General Court appropriated $6 million to begin construction by June 14, 1964.

1964, June 14 - Groundbreaking for SMTI campus in North Dartmouth. Construction on Group I Academic Building begins

Construction dates for buildings:

Group I Academic Building (now the Liberal Arts and Business Building)

Groundbreaking June 14, 1964

Dedication June 5, 1966

Science and Engineering Building (Group II)

Construction began June 1966

Completed April 1969 (estimated)

Textile Technology Building

Construction began April 1967

Completed Sept. 1969

Research Building (Violette Building)

Completed Oct. 1969

Renamed June 3, 1979

John E. Foster Administration Building

Construction began Oct. 1968

Completed Sept. 1970 (estimated date)

Dedication May 27, 1972

Francis Tripp Athletic Center (“Physical Education Building”)

Begun 1969

Completed December 1971

Dedicated and renamed May 27, 1979

Campus Center (“Lecture halls and auditorium”)

Begun October 1968

Completed Fall 1971

Renamed the William Q. MacLean Campus Center Sept. 1991

Library Communications Center

Groundbreaking November 26, 1969

Completed 1972 (opened March 13, 1972)

Campanile

Completed May 1971 (see Torch may 14, 1971) 200ft. tall with a 40-foot antenna

Residence cafeteria

Begun April 1970

Residence halls

Phase I and II completed Sept. 1973

Chestnut Hall 1971- construction started

9/1972-opened
Roberts Hall 1971-- construction started

9/1972 - opened

Elmwood Hall 1976 -- construction started

9/1976- opened
Maple Ridge Hall 1976 -- construction started

9/1976- opened
Cedar Dell West 1988 -- construction started

9/1988- opened
Cedar Dell South 1988 -- construction started

1989 - opened

Renovated and reopened over the Labor Day weekend in 2007

Oakglen Hall 2001-- construction started

9/2002- opened
Pinedale Hall 2001 -- construction started

9/2002- opened

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Amphitheater

Dedication May 6, 1978

C. Norman Dion Science and Engineering Building

Groundbreaking Oct. 21, 1985

Dedicated May 1989

Cedar Dell Residence Halls

Groundbreaking May 8, 1987

Open House Oct. 1989

Renovations began March 28, 2007

Reopened over the Labor Day weekend (2007)

Visual and Performing Arts Building (Group VI)

Groundbreaking April 25, 1975

Completed spring 1977

Center for Marine Science

706, South Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA, 02744

Groundbreaking November 1995

Dedicated October 6, 1997

Star Store Center for the Arts

Renovations began May 2000

Opened for classes September 2001

Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC)

151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA 02723 (Kerr Mill site)

Renovations began: Sept 2000

Center dedicated: Nov 14,2001

UMass Dartmouth Fall River Professional and Continuing Education Center

139 South Main Street, Fall River, MA, 02721

Renovations: Feb 2002 to Sept 2002

Classes Began: Sept 9th 2002

Grand Opening: Oct 29th 2002

UMass Dartmouth Professional and Continuing Education Center

800 Purchase St. (former Cherry and Webb Building)

New Bedford, MA

Opened September 2004

Grand opening September 30, 2004

Charlton College for Business

Groundbreaking September 28, 2001

Construction began January 2004

Dedicated October 1,2004

Residence Halls

Ground broken summer 2004

Botulinum Research Center

Groundbreaking September 13, 2005

Grand Opening April 5, 2007

James Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education

200 Mill Road, Suite 150B, Fairhaven, MA

Creation Announced by UMD on May 9, 2007 - Facility opened September 14, 2007

 

Compiled by Judy Farrar, Archives and Special collections librarian.