Contacts: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209, Christine_Gillette@uml.edu
Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, Nancy_Cicco@uml.edu
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UMass Lowell Opens $80 Million Academic Building
Emerging Technologies, Innovation Center Home to Education, Research, Industry
Thursday, Oct. 11
WHAT: Hundreds of UMass Lowell community members, public officials and industry leaders will officially open the university’s 84,000-square-foot, $80 million Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (ETIC), the first new academic building constructed on campus in more than three decades. The state-of-the-art facility will be home to cutting-edge research in nanotechnology, molecular biology, plastics engineering and optics that will advance fields such as life sciences, energy, national security, environmental protection and more.
Outfitted with specialized, high-powered laboratories and equipment, a plastics processing high bay and high-tech clean rooms, the ETIC will prepare students for jobs in emerging sectors, serve as the site of corporate- and government-sponsored research and foster industry partnerships in the global marketplace. The center’s multi-disciplined capabilities are integrated under one roof and supported by skilled technicians.
The project, which supported hundreds of construction jobs, was funded through $35 million from the Massachusetts Economic Investment Act of 2006, $5 million from the federal government, bonding through the UMass Building Authority, a $10 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and industry and individual donors, including UMass Lowell alumni. A gateway to the university’s North Campus, the ETIC is the first completed project in the UMass Lowell building boom that includes the new Health and Social Sciences Building on South Campus, the University Suites residence hall on East Campus, University Crossing student center, and two parking garages.
Event speakers are scheduled to include UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, state Rep. Thomas Golden, former state Sen. Steven Panagiotakos, UMass President Robert Caret, UMass Building Authority Executive Director Katherine Craven, UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal, Vice Provost for Research Julie Chen and UMass Lowell faculty. Attendees will tour the building after the speaking program.
WHERE: Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, corner of University Avenue and VFW Highway, Lowell. Contact UMass Lowell Public Affairs for directions and parking information.