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Building Excellence

UConn is one of our nation’s top public universities, home to the brightest faculty and students who deserve the best spaces in which to live and learn. We are building state-of-the art facilities that foster imagination, cultivate relationships, and advance innovation.

UConn’s strategic Master Plan provides the blueprint for improvements that will allow our flagship University to maintain its world-class status. UCONN 2000, 21st Century UConn, and Next Generation Connecticut, the state’s newest 10-year, $1.5 billion initiative, are transforming our facilities statewide, strengthening our research and education.

The following sampling of projects in planning, design, and construction represent key investments from those initiatives for UConn’s future. For the most up-to-date information on these projects and others, including construction activity maps and quarterly construction reports please visit our website at

Recently Completed

Interior hall way of Montieth
Monteith Building Renovation

This 73,000-square-foot renovation became the new home for the Department of Math in fall 2016. It provided necessary swing space for other academic programs housed in buildings that will be renovated later, such as the Gant Science Complex. With a budget of $25 million, construction began in fall 2015.

Next Generation Connecticut Hall
Next Generation Connecticut Hall

A new 212,000-square-foot residential facility opened for the Fall 2016 semester for students participating in one of eight Living & Learning Communities at UConn who are developing skills in innovation and creativity to lead their generation. Construction began in November 2014 with a budget of $105 million.

Putnam Refectory dining hall
Putnam Refectory Renovation

The existing 42,000-square-foot dining hall beside the new residence hall recently underwent renovations to improve and increase its seating capacity and self-service buffet areas, making additional room for students who live in the new residence hall nearby. Construction began in September 2015 and completed in Summer 2016.

In Progress

New Engineering building
Engineering and Science Building

This 115,000-square-foot facility includes state-of-the-art laboratory space for interdisciplinary research, and will accommodate student and faculty growth in fields such as bio-nanoengineering and cyber-physical systems engineering. Construction on the five-story, $95 million building began in June 2015, with completion targeted for summer 2017.

Rendering of the Innovation Parternship Building
Innovation Partnership Building

Opening in fall 2017 and the first building in UConn’s Technology Park, this 110,000+ square-foot facility with specialized equipment and instrumentation will serve a nexus of intellectual, physical and cyber assets that is intended to foster University-Industry partnerships for research, innovation technology commercialization and job growth for the State of Connecticut.

Infrastructure updates on Hillside Road
Infrastructure Repairs/Replacement

Utility infrastructure is the backbone of campus operations, supporting all buildings, services, and student and faculty needs. These systems represent a significant investment over decades of growth, requiring that future development considers carefully the integrity of existing infrastructure before expansion or repairs are made. UConn has begun planning, design, and construction to improve its utilities, and will continue to do so pragmatically on an annual basis with as little disturbance to campus life as possible.

On the Boards

Architectural rendering of School Fine Arts renovations
Fine Arts Renovations & Production Facility

This project includes a 30,000 square foot addition to the existing Drama/Music/Nafe Katter Theater to serve as a centralized shops and theater production facility. The addition will also provide a critical linkage between Fine Arts buildings that currently do not exist, accessible access to the second floor of the Drama/Music Building and a new entry lobby on the north side of the complex. The project also includes removal and replacement of the exterior glazing systems on the Storrs Road and Bolton Road sides of the building. Design is scheduled for completion in fall 2016 and construction is tentatively set for completion in 2018.

Gant renovation rendering
Gant Renovations

The 285,000 gross square foot Gant Science Complex will be renovated to accommodate current and future University needs in response to growing student enrollment in STEM programs. These improvements will include classrooms, lecture halls, teaching and research laboratories, faculty offices and support spaces, and the building’s facades and roofs will be reconstructed to provide a more attractive waterproof skin with better energy performance. The renovations will be phased to provide sequential relocation of building occupants as reconstruction progresses. Design began in Summer 2015 and phased construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2017 and be complete in Summer 2021.

Rendering of Northwest Science Quad
Northwest Science Quad

In 2015 the University of Connecticut completed their Campus Master Plan which set forth planning principles to guide future development on campus. Comprehensive in scope, the master plan provides the organizing structure for future campus growth and modernization. This area in the science district is one of the primary components of the master plan and contains the future site of the next new science building. The site assessment will guide that project’s development by determining the site’s capacity while supporting a landscape framework that improves the pedestrian experience and more fully integrates additional future development into the science core and the campus.

Rendering of student recreation center
Student Recreation Center

Slated to open in fall 2019, this new facility will feature a 20,000+ square-foot fitness center, five full-size basketball courts, a running track, an aquatics center with a 50-meter swimming pool, a wellness center, squash and racquetball courts, space for club sports, and other flexible spaces for students through UConn’s recreation programs and activities.