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Thursday, April 5
WHAT: UMass Lowell and community leaders will break ground on the new University Suites residence hall, a $54 million, state-of-the-art building that will enable greater numbers of students to live on campus as enrollment continues to climb. The 148,000-square-foot hall will include four- and six-bed units, kitchen/lounge areas, study rooms, an outdoor courtyard and more.
Slated to open in Fall 2013, University Suites will be the first new residence hall constructed on campus since 1989 and represents a new model of campus housing in an all-suites building. The new residence hall will be constructed in part with recycled materials and with the goal of maximum energy efficiency throughout, striving for LEED Silver certification.
The residence hall will accommodate 472 students, propelling the university to its goal of a 50-50 split between resident and commuter students, a priority identified by Chancellor Marty Meehan shortly after he was named to the post in 2007. Apartment-style housing for 510 students adjacent to south campus, under construction by a private developer, is also scheduled to open in Fall 2013.
The official groundbreaking of University Suites at the Aiken Street site will begin after a brief program across the street at the Campus Recreation Center. Speakers are scheduled to include Chancellor Meehan, state Rep. Thomas Golden, Lowell Mayor Patrick Murphy, UMass Building Authority Executive Director Katherine Craven and Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland.
The UMass Building Authority is managing the project in partnership with Joslin, Lesser + Associates Inc. of Watertown. The building’s architect is ADD Inc. of Boston. Walsh Brothers of Boston is the building’s construction manager. The project is just one of several under way that are transforming the UMass Lowell campus. Seven new facilities are scheduled to open in the next two years.
WHERE: UMass Lowell Campus Recreation Center, East Campus, 100 Pawtucket St., Lowell