University of Massachusetts Lowell

Leitch & Bourgeois Halls

Project at a Glance

Lowell, MA



Project Type


Project Overview

  • Gut renovation of two major residence halls built in 1967
  • Complex logistics within an active campus site and adjacent to occupied buildings
  • Fast-track scheduling within Chapter 149A procedures

As part of their continued program to enhance residential life facilities, the leadership of UMass Lowell embarked on major renovations to two residence halls built as mirror images in 1967. These aging residence halls were in need of significant M/E/P and code upgrades, requiring hazardous material abatement and extensive demolition, along with the integration of expanded community spaces, to bring the facilities up to current campus standards.

With the two residence halls housing over 600 students, only one residence hall could be taken offline at a time. Bourgeois Hall saw the phase 1 renovations, receiving all new M/E/P systems, ADA and life safety code upgrades, the construction of a new Resident Director apartment and new architectural finishes throughout. Once completed, students moved back into Bourgeois and then Leitch Hall was taken offline for the same level of renovations. The project is being carefully managed around an active campus site. All work was completed on a fast-track schedule.