Designer: Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
Construction Manager: Gilbane Building Company
Project Type: CM at Risk
Project Cost: $40 million
Gross Square Feet: 65,000 gsf
Design Start Date: February 2010
Est. Substantial Completion Date: March 2013
South Campus is the home of UMass Lowell's College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Education and the School of Health and Environment.
As the first new academic building constructed from the ground up on south campus in over 30 years, the Health and Social Sciences Building will begin to address a pent up demand for an increase in modernized space by all the departments located on the South Campus. This demand has developed as programs have evolved and faculty has been added in response to increased enrollment and changing demands for research space, interdisciplinary collaboration / learning and the evolution of technologies and pedagogies that have dramatically altered the landscape of what constitutes state-of-the arts facilities. This new Health and Social Sciences Building will begin to substantially address this need.
The building will house UMass Lowell's Nursing, Psychology and Criminal Justice Departments and features seven new state-of-the-art general-purpose classrooms in addition to academic department headquarters consisting of faculty offices, specialized instructional spaces and research spaces.
- In order to provide a new venue for University conferences and functions, all the large general-purpose classrooms will be located on the ground level with the three large classrooms organized around a skylight atrium.
- The new atrium space will provide a much needed student gathering space to advance the sense of community between commuter and residential students and faculty.
- The new facility will be situated at the corner of Broadway and Wilder Streets, providing a new branding opportunity for South Campus.
- The new building will define the edge of a future, larger central Campus Green unifying the campus and creating a sense of arrival
- Incorporation of new curb ramps will improve pedestrian and vehicular separation and safety.
- The new building will be LEED Silver certified. Energy modeling and commissioning services will be employed.
- Project recognized as one of six projects included in the article "6 University Buildings Make the Grade with Innovative Design"
- Recipient of the Gold Award for Higher Education as part of the 2014 Brick in Architecture Award