UMass Lowell Groundbreaking, 6/8

From the UMass Lowell Public Affairs Office:

Ground-Breaking Event June 8

“Members of the greater UMass Lowell community are invited to see where ingenuity meets industry at a June 8 kick off of construction of the new Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center featuring Gov. Deval Patrick and others who supported funding for the $70 million project.

“All are invited to the groundbreaking celebration, which begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of VFW Highway and University Avenue on North Campus. RSVP to

“When completed, the 84,000-square-foot facility’s dramatic façade will welcome those traveling north on a newly constructed University Avenue bridge, serving as a gateway to North Campus. Inside, the building will bring together, among others, experts in plastics engineering, nanotechnology, electro-optics and biomedicine. In part because UMass Lowell is recognized as a world-class leader in advanced manufacturing, the facility is expected to draw researchers from near and far to collaborate with existing faculty and work hand-in-hand with industry.

“State officials who helped secure $35 million for the building project will join in the celebration. As chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Sen. Steven Panagiotakos played a critical role and Lowell Representatives Thomas Golden, Kevin Murphy and David Nangle secured passage of funding in the House. The project has been a top priority for Gov. Patrick’s administration.

“Federal government funding, backed by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas and Sen. John Kerry, includes $5 million to help equip the building. Additional research and development funds are expected.

“Already, the area surrounding the construction site has changed. Standish Street – and the two parking lots behind it – have been closed and preparations for demolition of Smith Hall are under way. The project is slated for completion for the 2012-13 academic year. Construction updates are available at the new ETIC website.

“Turner Construction Co. is running the project, which is managed by Joslin, Lesser + Associates, Inc. on behalf of the UMass Building Authority. It is estimated that the project will support 130 new jobs during the construction phase and will generate additional work for supply companies.”