April, 2012

University of Massachusetts Lowell Breaks Ground on All Suites Residence Hall

April 2012                                                                          

University of Massachusetts Lowell Breaks Ground on All Suites Residence Hall
Walsh Brothers is Construction Manager; ADD Inc Project Architect for New Green Dormitory

For Release:  Immediately 

Press Contact:
Ken White

210 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109

Lowell, MA, April 5, 2012— The University of Massachusetts at Lowell celebrated the start of construction for University Suites, a $54 million residence hall, with a groundbreaking ceremony held at the East Campus site on April 5th. When completed late next year, University Suites will accommodate 472 students. The student residence includes several environmentally-friendly features: recycled materials, water-conserving fixtures and high-performing heating and cooling systems.

Construction manager for the 148,000 square foot residence is Walsh Brothers; ADD Inc. is the project architect. The UMass Building Authority is managing the project in partnership with Joslin, Lesser + Associates Inc. of Watertown.

University Suites will be the first new residence hall constructed on campus since 1989. The new residence hall will be built, in part, with recycled materials and with the goal of maximum energy efficiency throughout and qualifying for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. With enrollment on the Lowell campus up 30 percent over the past three years, the new facility will allow more students to live on campus as enrollment continues to climb. It will include four- and six-bed units, kitchen and lounge areas, study rooms, and an outdoor courtyard. The project is one of several under way that are transforming the UMass Lowell campus. Seven new facilities are scheduled to open in the next two years.

About Walsh Brothers: A fourth generation-managed, family-owned firm, Walsh Brothers is known for contributing to the advancement of the construction industry and the community through community involvement and philanthropy, project innovation, leadership and collaboration and environmental stewardship. Over its 110-year history, the firm has had a major impact on Boston’s skyline through construction of some of the city’s largest and most complex buildings in the healthcare, research, academic, cultural, and arts markets. To find out more about Walsh Brothers visit us at www.walshbrothers.com.