Magazine article University Business

University Crossing at UMass Lowell

Magazine article University Business

University Crossing at UMass Lowell

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All offices involved in student success are now, for the first time, housed together in the new 230,000-square-foot University Crossing student center. The building also links the South, North and East campuses with the city's downtown business district and cultural attractions.

* CHALLENGE: Historically, University of Massachusetts, Lowell comprised of three separate campuses geographically divided by the Merrimack River. Coupled with a nearly 50 percent increase in enrollment over the last seven years, the university needed a new building to put all student services under one roof. Officials also wanted it to serve as a centralized gathering place for an increase in campus organizations, says Jean Robinson, director of capital projects. "A new hub to bring three disjointed campuses together was a natural fit."

* SOLUTION: Working with designer Perkins + Will, the institution created a "one-stop shop" for students, placing the offices of admissions, residence life, registrar, financial aid and career services at University Crossing. More than 200 of UMass Lowell's student-run organizations also have workspace there. …

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