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.