Much of the 1,400-acre UMass Amherst campus was constructed in the 1960s and 1970s. As a result, many of the buildings and campus open spaces were in need of revitalization. The passage of several State bond bills provided funds for major capital expenditures.
Kleinfelder’s studies provided ways to integrate new building projects into the landscape, while preserving open spaces, improving accessibility to service nodes, and increasing pedestrian safety. A sustainable pedestrian concourse connecting the Southwest Residences to the core campus now draws the University closer together.