Worcester Commons

As students and faculty at UMass Amherst returned to campus, they experienced an exciting new dining option with many amenities.

The new Worcester Commons houses a first-floor retail café, grab-n-go, campus commercial bakery, lounge spaces, and a small fitness center. The dining commons is on the second floor with seating for approximately 800. The third floor is home to a full-service restaurant and bar, a Student Life suite featuring soundproof music practice rooms, meeting spaces for student groups, and office spaces. The outdoor space on the west side has a plaza for gathering, eating, and events.

Salas O’Brien designed a new utility tunnel with steam and condensate that runs under the new building and between two new utility vaults.

Completion Year


Construction Cost

$53 million


87,000 square feet

Project Photography

Chuck Choi


Overall energy performance optimization
Reduction in potable water usage