By Mary Blake, WBZ NewsRadio 1030

LOWELL (CBS) – UMass Lowell held groundbreaking ceremonies for a $40 million, 69,000-square-foot academic building on the South Campus.

It will be called the Health and Social Sciences Building and will house three popular majors at the university, the criminal justice, nursing and psychology program.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mary Blake reports

UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan says it is the first new academic building that is totally paid for by the Commonwealth in almost 40 years.

It will boast both classroom space and lab space. Meehan says enrollment at UMass Lowell has increased 30 percent over the last three years and the building is a welcome addition.

Meehan also applauds the fact that funding for the new building was provided entirely through the Commonwealth’s Higher Education Bond Bill of 2008.

Meehan says, “This is a building that the students won’t have to bear the burden of paying for.”

The new building is expected to be completed during the 2012-2013 academic year.


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