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Perry Hall to Undergo $50 Million Renovation

Private and Corporate Support Will Help Fully Modernize 65-year-old Engineering Building

Artist's rendering of Perry Hall updates
Renovation of Perry Hall will begin this summer, with completion set for fall 2018.


This summer UMass Lowell will engineer the future, when it begins a $50 million renovation of its historic Engineering Building, now known as Perry Hall. 

Built in 1952, Perry Hall has educated generations of successful engineers. While instruction has kept pace with a rapidly evolving field, the building itself has begun to lag behind, due to deferred maintenance and a 2012 fire that led to the closure of the entire fourth floor.

“The renovation will transform a worn instructional facility into a vibrant and diverse setting for academic research and teaching,” says Joseph Hartman, dean of the Francis College of Engineering. 

The renovation will create flexible, medium-service labs in areas central to the Massachusetts economy, including biomedical, chemical and environmental engineering, as well as biomanufacturing and clean energy. Dedicated co-location spaces will enable the university to expand its industry partnerships. 

While the state initially committed its support for the renovation, all higher ed projects are currently on hold until a new strategic master plan is completed. Given its urgency, UMass Lowell has decided to move forward with the renovation, with backing from private donors and corporate sponsors.

Campus improvements are a key component of Our Legacy, Our Place: The Campaign for UMass Lowell. For more information on the Perry Hall renovation, including sponsorship opportunities, contact the Office of University Advancement at 978-934-2223.