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Where will the Joyce Cummings Center be located?

177 College Avenue, next to Halligan Hall and behind the future MBTA station

What happened to the former “Air Rights Building” above the MBTA station?
In 2015 when the MBTA halted plans to build a station due to cost over runs, it no longer made sense to build over the tracks and so Tufts moved forward to build next to the train tracks.
What is the size of the building?
148,000 gross square feet; 6 stories above ground and a lower level.
Where will the main entry be?
Facing College Avenue on the first floor
How will the building be organized?
Classrooms will be on floors 1 and 2 for easy access. The occupant groups – a mix of academic departments, centers, and research labs – will be primarily located on floors 3-6.
How visible will the building be from the hill and Boston and College Avenues?
The Joyce Cummings Center will be highly visible from Boston and College Avenues as well as the hill. The building will be visible from the Memorial steps and from the area around Braker and Lincoln-Filene Halls. As design progresses, more renderings will be posted to this website.
Who is the architect, engineer, construction management firm, etc?
Stantec Architects is the design architect, Procon Inc.will be the architect of record. Consultants include BR+A for mechanical, electrical and plumbing, ACENTECH for sound/vibration attenuation and AV system design, Nitsch Engineering for civil and site work.


How will the Joyce Cummings Center benefit the University?

The Joyce Cummings Center will address many important needs, including:

  • Strengthening the existing partnership between Fletcher and Economics, and Fletcher and Computer Science
What occupant groups will be housed in the Joyce Cummings Center
The future occupants will include the Computer Science, Economics, and Mathematics departments, the Data Intensive Studies Center (DISC), Fletcher executive education and Global Master of Arts Program, and Tufts Gordon Institute.
What amenities will be in the building?
  • Classrooms
  • Collaborative space
  • Café
  • Meeting rooms
  • Huddle rooms
  • Prayer room
  • Lactation rooms
  • Showers
How are the collaborative spaces to be used and by whom?
The collaborative spaces are open areas with a mix of furnishings to accommodate individual and group work as well as break out functions related to conferences and events. Tufts affiliates and visitors will have access to the collaborative spaces.
How many and what type of classrooms?

15 learning spaces ranging in size from 24-seat computer teaching labs to a 160-seat auditorium:

  • 7 computer teaching labs
  • 3 large classrooms (~85 seats)
  • 1 large auditorium (~160 seats)
  • 1 medium auditorium (~50 seats)
  • 5 medium classrooms (25-50 seats)
  • 4 meeting/seminar rooms (~30 seats)
Who will have access to those amenities and when?
The operational logistics for the building are being developed. The Tufts community will have access to all of the building amenities and the classrooms.
What amenities will support conferences and events?
All of the classrooms and collaborative spaces will support conferences and events. Specifically, the 3 large classrooms will have moveable devising walls that will allow one large space to accommodate a sit-down dinner for 300 guests. Storage in the lower level will be used to store furniture.
How large an event/conference will be possible?
We believe up to 470 reception style/350 banquet style.
How were the occupant groups determined?
The program was determined by the Cummings Project Sponsor Group (PSG) with support from Campus Planning.
Who is the PSG?
The PSG is the project governance group, chaired by the EVP and with representation from the deans offices of A&S, SoE, and Fletcher, and the VPs of Advancement, Finance, and Operations. The role of the PSG, whose chair is appointed by the President, is to provide high level client direction to the staff and design team on a major building project so that the mission objectives of the University are met. Its charge as the first steward of a major project will be to oversee the project’s adherence to the academic goals, financial program, and Tufts’ principles for strategic capital projects.
What is DISC?
Data Intensive Studies Center. In Fall, 2018, Tufts launched a university-wide, interdisciplinary center dedicated to the data-intensive research and pedagogy to study the science of data and its uses in application domains that span the breadth of the university.


What is the project schedule?

Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2019 and occupancy is targeted for summer 2021. Check our Project Schedule page for updates.

What will be the impact to Halligan Hall?

The Halligan trailer annex will be removed at the start of construction as part of project enabling. The project team is working with the CS and ECE departments on relocation of the occupants.

Halligan Hall will remain operational throughout the Cummings construction project. Construction updates to keep the community informed of construction activities will be updated weekly.

What is the cost of the project?

Construction cost is approximately $90M but these are preliminary numbers based on Schematic Design drawings.

Who is funding the building?

A significant portion of the cost of the building will be covered by a generous commitment from Bill Cummings, A58, H06, J97P, M97P, and his wife, Joyce Cummings, J97P, M97P, through the Cummings Foundation. A Medford native, Bill Cummings is a business leader, philanthropist, and a Tufts University Trustee Emeritus, and he and Joyce have been generous and loyal supporters of Tufts for decades.

The remainder of the costs will be covered by Tufts and other donors.


When will the first groups be able to move in?
Occupancy is expected to begin in summer 2021.
When will the first classes be scheduled?
The first classes are anticipated to be scheduled for Fall 2021.
Where will occupants and visitors park (cars and bikes)?
There will be bicycle parking near the building. Car parking is available across Boston Ave in the Dowling parking garage and across College Ave in the Cousens parking lot.
How will deliveries to the building take place?
There will be a loading dock in the back.