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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.

01/02/2017

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.