The Planning Division works collaboratively with the University community - administration, deans, faculty and students - to guide the ongoing evolution of the physical campus environment, collect and maintain facility information, accommodate growth needs, and improve existing facilities. Our goal is to carry out this work in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and sensitive to our immediate neighbors and the wider Lowell community.
Key activities include:
- Campus Planning: Provides a university-wide, long-term planning context for decisions about campus growth and evolution. We focus on the character, aesthetics and function of each UMass Lowell campus – North, South and East – and how all University activities and locations can best function as a unified whole. See the university's Strategic Development Plan for 2011-2016 (pdf).
- Space Planning: Focuses on identifying space needs, conducting feasibility studies, and providing programming and design oversight to support appropriately-sized and up-to-date facilities.
- Facilities Information Systems: The Facilities Information Systems (FIS) team creates, collects and maintains data about UMass Lowell’s physical environment.
- Transportation Planning: Looks at travel to and between campuses with the goals of improving mobility, safety and service, and increasing sustainability.
Comprehensive transportation planning is an important contributor to the quality of campus life and the achievement of the University’s sustainability goals. Through careful transportation planning, the Division works to:
- Improve mobility to and between all campus locations
- Encourage all modes of travel to and through campus
- Protect the environment by providing alternatives to single-person trips by car
- Meet the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists through crosswalks, signal timing and other infrastructure improvements
- Refine shuttle services
- Coordinate with transportation services offered by the MBTA and Lowell Regional Transit Authority
In addition, the University has prepared a comprehensive transportation plan
(pdf), in close cooperation with the City of Lowell, which will result in a strategy for continued transportation improvement and transportation planning.
- Real Estate Services: Evaluation of real estate opportunities to support growth needs of the University and local and regional economic development goals. We address the growth needs of UMass Lowell and support the University’s goal of creating a more unified campus. The University also seeks to leverage acquisitions to support regional economic and community development.
Notable acquisitions include the Inn and Conference Center in downtown Lowell (2009), the Tsongas Center (2010) and the former St. Joseph’s Hospital, now University Crossing (2011).