UMass Lowell - Health and Social Sciences Building

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.

Project Details


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
Substantial Completion Date: March 2013

As the first new academic building constructed on the south campus in over 30 years, the Health and Social Sciences Building addresses 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. 

The building houses 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.

Project Features

  • 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 provides a much needed student gathering space to advance the sense of community between commuter and residential students and faculty
  • The new facility is situated at the corner of Broadway and Wilder Streets, providing a new branding opportunity for South Campus
  • The new building defines the edge of a future, larger central Campus Green unifying the campus and creating a sense of arrival
  • Incorporation of new curb ramps improve pedestrian and vehicular separation and safety
  • LEED Silver certified. Energy modeling and commissioning services are 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
  • Recipient of a Citation Award from The Boston Society of Architects at Annual Design Awards in 2017


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