UMass McGuavran has opened and is everything a student could ask for. The three-story dining hall including study spaces and lounging areas for students and guests to enjoy is ready for the spring semester. The challenge: Create a new, exciting, unexpected, functional space in an existing structure.
Ricca’s Phillip Landgraf states, “Certainly ceiling heights were an issue particularly in the basement level and getting that to work out. Having to insert kitchens and cooking in places that were never designed to have high ceilings was quite a struggle in some locations.” Keeping the structural “bones” of the building were a must and it was successfully accomplished.
UMass Project Manager, Fred Gavriel, who quarterbacked the repurposing of the 40-year old building says, “…the whole team did a top-notch job, from the designers to the architects to the contractors.” The design has multiple levels of dining providing a great variety of retail dining and all-you-care-to eat concepts.
The Contemporary design also features a bright and open section with a two-story glass wall providing a view of the South Campus quad making McGuavran Student Center the heart of campus. President and former chancellor of UMass Lowell refers to the renovated McGauvran center as a first-class space and believes the students of UMass deserve this type of facility.