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UMass Lowell Reaches Milestone on New $40 Million Academic Building

Event Celebrates Topping-Off of New Facility to House Popular Programs, Accommodate Growth


Contacts:  Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,
                  Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,
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Thursday, Dec. 15
1 p.m.

WHAT:  UMass Lowell will celebrate a milestone in the construction of a new $40 million, 69,000-square-foot academic building that will house three of the university’s most popular majors as well as expand facilities to help accommodate a 30 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment in the last few years.

The event marks the “topping-off” – the completion of the structure’s frame, a key point in the construction process – of the new Health and Social Sciences Building, which will be home to the criminal justice, nursing and psychology programs. The four-story building, which is supporting hundreds of jobs during its construction, will feature classrooms, seminar/project rooms, conference rooms and faculty offices. Expected to open in 2013, it will have the capacity to serve nearly 900 students and 140 faculty. 

This is the first new academic building constructed from the ground up on South Campus since the 1970s. As part of an unprecedented period of growth, UMass Lowell is also constructing the state-of-the-art Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center on North Campus, which is scheduled to open during the next academic year, as well as a parking garage. Plans are under way for more projects, including a new student residence hall on East Campus. 

Carole Cornelison, commissioner of the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM), will speak at the celebration, along with state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, state Rep. Kevin Murphy and Chancellor Marty Meehan and other UMass Lowell representatives. The speaking program will be held at the newly renovated O’Leary Library Learning Commons and then followed by a visit to the construction site and the signing of a ceremonial beam by attendees, who will include members of the university community, representatives of Lowell city government and others.

The new construction is the latest in UMass Lowell’s capital projects, which include extensive remodeling of the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (acquired in 2009), the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell (acquired in 2010) and University Crossing (acquired in 2011). 

Funding for the Health and Social Sciences Building was provided through the Commonwealth’s Higher Education Bond Bill, passed in 2008. DCAM is managing the project. 

WHERE:   O’Leary Library Learning Commons, UMass Lowell South, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Contact the Office of Public Affairs for directions and parking information.