The boldly-colored 148,000 square-foot complex is home to 472 students, including members of the Commonwealth Honors Program. It includes 88 for-and-six bed suites with kitchenettes and living rooms.
University Suites is home to the Hawk’s Nest Cafe, which is open to the public and offers quick grab and go meals during the day and Asian fusion cuisine at night. Other offerings open to the public include Red Mango frozen yogurt and Starbucks Coffee.
University Suites is the sixth new building UMass Lowell has opened in the last year.
Speakers at Thursday’s event included: Chancellor Marty Meehan, Mayor Patrick Murphy, State Rep. Tom Golden, State Rep. Dave Nangle, UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Thomas III, UMass Building Authority Chairman Philip Johnston, Board of Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Larry Siegel, UML student and Assistant Residence Director Alicia Negron and UMass Board of Trustees Student Trustee Phil Geoffroy.