Above right: Students in the Integrated Sciences Building at UMass Amherst, which forges a new model for science teaching and research focused on the integration of the life, chemical, and physical sciences

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“This has been a decade of renewal, with the University of Massachusetts investing $1.7 billion in new construction and renovation; creating the campus facilities that our students, faculty, and staff need and deserve; and ensuring that UMass will compete and prosper in the 21st century.”

Jean F. MacCormack, Ed.D., Chancellor, UMass Dartmouth

Charlton Family Creates Incentive for Learning Pavilion

The Charlton College of Business at UMass Dartmouth is named for Earle P. Charlton, who built a chain of “5 & 10 cent” stores—starting in 1890 with the original store in Fall River, Massachusetts—that eventually became the worldwide Woolworth’s enterprise. His success and his commitment to our region manifests itself today as his grandson, Earle P. “Chuck” Charlton II continues his legacy of engagement with the community by supporting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Ten years ago, the Charlton Family Trust provided a $3 million gift to build the current building. Just recently, the Trust made another $3 million donation—half of which will be used to match other gifts as an incentive to help finance an $11.4 million Learning Pavilion at the Charlton College. This 22,000 square foot, three-story addition to the main building will include an auditorium, technology-enhanced classrooms, and a trading floor lab where students can learn and practice investment skills and strategies in real time.

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Above: Earle P. “Chuck” Charlton II meets guests during the Blue & Gold Gala at UMass Dartmouth

“I am excited about reaching the goal and being a part of providing southeastern Massachusetts with one of the finest business schools in New England and the nation,” said Chuck Charlton, who is a trustee of the Trust. “It is truly a vision of the future.”

The original building has been in use since October 1, 2004, and Chuck has been a frequent visitor to the campus. In addition to capital gifts, he has supported a number of initiatives at the school, including a business plan contest based on the lessons of the Charlton family business, as well as an endowment for student scholarships. He is an annual member of the Chancellor’s Club within the Annual Fund.

The University’s ambitious capital plan calls for initiating more than 200 building and renovation projects across the five UMass campuses. Bolstered by the state’s higher education bond bill, the University plans to strategically invest $1.9 billion in new facilities, building renovations, and deferred maintenance projects over the next five years, exceeding the level of capital spending and activity that we have been able to undertake during the first seven years of this decade.

Our students and faculty need and deserve state-of-the-art living and learning buildings. That is expected at a world-class public research university.

The Commonwealth is counting on UMass to produce the leaders of the 21st century. We embrace the expectation that the University will be a significant economic contributor for Massachusetts—developing new technologies, new medicines, and new jobs—and our investment in the capital program ensures we will continue to lead the way in educating our students and supporting economic and social development in Massachusetts.


Here’s a look at some of the projects that are underway...

UMass Amherst: Design of a 140,000 square foot new laboratory science facility and construction of a new student recreation center.

UMass Boston: Design of a new integrated sciences complex and completion of the Venture Development Center, which includes lab space for entrepreneurs to share ideas and create new technology ventures.

UMass Dartmouth: Expansion and major renovation of the library and Phase II of the Research Extension Building to establish more laboratory space and research infrastructure.

UMass Lowell: Renovation of Fox Hall, the campus’s largest housing facility, to meet the needs of current and future students, providing 119 new beds for the start of the fall 2009 semester.

UMass Medical School: Construction of facilities, and related infrastructure improvements, to establish an Advanced Therapeutics Cluster to enhance existing research and development programs for conducting cutting-edge RNAi, gene therapy, and stem cell research.