The college’s Health, Science & Technology Center on Middle Street. 72 ▲ NEW ADDRESSES In the first full year of Cowan’s presidency, she oversaw openings of both of the college’s permanent homes, in Lowell, and later in Bedford. In the spring of 1991, Cowan and the MCC faculty and staff officially welcomed students into the refurbished Wang training facility in downtown Lowell’s Kearney Square. Initially, the college offered a limited roster of courses, while renovation work continued in the six-story, hexagonal-shaped tower. The following year, students attending classes on the Bedford campus were the first to walk through the doors of a series of pre-fabricated academic and administrative buildings built around a quad on the former Marist Preparatory Seminary grounds. The permanent campuses that former presidents Houlihan and Dobelle had envisioned and planned for had finally been realized, more than 20 years after the college first opened its doors. But Cowan and the college weren’t done growing. Only a month after her official inauguration, Cowan was already looking at creative ways to fund the college’s future. She opted to borrow money through the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority, an independent public authority that borrows money on the bond market at a competitive rate that is not tied directly to the state’s bond rating. Three years later, the strategic move would allow MCC to complete an $8.5 million dollar Health, Science and Technology Center on Middle Street, in the heart of downtown Lowell. The buildings now house the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, as well as many of its science and health programs, which are among the college’s most popular offerings. With a restrictive footprint in Lowell’s downtown, expansion required creativity. That’s exactly what would happen for the college’s next acquisition, an abandoned property that Cowan had set her eye on since the day the college moved into its Lowell campus: the historic Federal Building.