About the Saab Center
Located on the corner of University Avenue and the VFW Highway, the 84,000 square-foot Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center (Saab Center) is a place where ingenuity meets industry. Situated at one end of a new bridge spanning the Merrimack River, it serves as a gateway to UMass Lowell's North Campus - the home of the sciences, engineering and business schools. In the facility, faculty and student researchers engage with industry to meet their challenges and help improve people's lives in the region and the world.
Within its four stories, the Saab Center provides core facilities for use in fundamental and translational research. The building design meets critical criteria for temperature, humidity and vibration. It houses Class 100, Class 1,000 and Class 10,000 cleanroom spaces, wet lab and engineering lab space, and a plastics processing high bay.
In addition to the atrium and lobby, meeting spaces on every floor foster interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations with industry, government and other academic partners.
The green building, with a LEED Gold Certification, is a steel structure wrapped with a combination precast, metal panel and curtainwall exterior.
Joslin, Lesser+Associates managed the construction project on behalf of the UMass Building Authority (UMBA), with Turner Construction Company serving as the general contractor. It is estimated that the project supported 130 new jobs during the construction phase. It was completed on time for the fall 2012 semester. Funding from the Commonwealth provided $35 million; the UMBA financed $25 million; and private and federal support covered the rest of the cost to build out the first two floors. A $10 million commitment from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center capital fund, along with corporate sponsorships, are expected to cover the costs of building out the 3rd and 4th floors.