Lowell, MA – Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. is gearing up to begin the demolition of an existing building and construction on the 52,000sf Pulichino Tong Business Building, the new home for the Robert J. Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The state-of-the art building is being constructed adjacent to the Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center and near the Colleges of Engineering and Sciences to form the new North Campus Innovation District. Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, the $40 million project will incorporate high-performance, sustainable, and energy-efficient features that will meet or exceed LEED Silver-Plus standards.
The new building will feature a four-story atrium, technology-enhanced classrooms, seminar rooms, a finance laboratory simulating a trading room floor, meeting spaces, and collaborative study areas, and will also include a plaza that will function as an outdoor event and gathering space. The open design will foster social and academic interaction, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a sense of community among students, faculty, and the business community.
Work will also include renovations to the adjacent Lydon Library, that LKCo. will connect to the new business building. Conference and meeting rooms, staff offices, a receiving room, open group work, and meeting spaces will be renovated and a new reception and IT help desk will be added along with a new entrance from the plaza. Lee Kennedy Co. will be partnering with the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) to complete the project.
“The Pulichino Tong Business Building will offer a state-of-the-art center for business education at UMass Lowell to enhance the high-quality instruction our students are receiving as we prepare them for success in a global economy. This new building will also be a place for research and collaboration by faculty members with industry and entrepreneurs,” said Scott Latham, interim dean of UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business.
Construction of the Pulichino Tong Business Building represents a continuation of LKCo.’s ongoing relationship with UMass Lowell, one that has included the recent construction of the two-phased Riverview Suites, a dormitory which the school leases from a private developer. When complete, the building will provide housing for over 800 students. LKCo. has partnered with DCAMM on a number of construction projects for Bridgewater and Salem State Colleges, and the firm has also developed relationships with private academic institutions such as Harvard University, Boston College, MIT and Simmons College, for which they have executed multiple projects.
“Over the past 35 years we have built a solid reputation among both public and private academic institutions as a trusted development partner, and we look forward to continuing to work with DCAMM and UMass Lowell on this building as well as other projects,” said Lee Michael Kennedy, President & CEO of Lee Kennedy Co.