Construction

Construction

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 in 2014, Next Generation Connecticut, the state’s 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 updc.uconn.edu.

Student Recreation Center

Opened in Fall 2019, this new facility features 30,000+ square-feet of fitness activity space, 4 full-size basketball courts, a 2 court MAC gymnasium, an indoor running track, an aquatics center with two pools, 5 multi-purpose fitness studios including a mind body studio and a functional training studio, a wellness center, 3 racquetball courts, a comprehensive adventure center including a climbing wall, and other flexible spaces for students through UConn Recreation’s programs and activities.

A view of the new Student Recreation Center at dusk following the opening ceremony

Student Recreation Center

Opened in Fall 2019, this new facility features 30,000+ square-feet of fitness activity space, 4 full-size basketball courts, a 2 court MAC gymnasium, an indoor running track, an aquatics center with two pools, 5 multi-purpose fitness studios including a mind body studio and a functional training studio, a wellness center, 3 racquetball courts, a comprehensive adventure center including a climbing wall, and other flexible spaces for students through UConn Recreation’s programs and activities.

In Construction

New baseball field

Athletics District Improvements

The University Athletics District Development project, slated for fall 2020 completion, replaces existing outdated facilities with new baseball, softball and soccer stadiums. The project includes a new Performance Center with new locker rooms, offices, a strength and conditioning space, and conference and support spaces. Programming, site planning, and coordination with a renovation of existing facilities at Freitas and a potential future new ice hockey arena are under review. The project conforms to Connecticut High Performance Building Code regulations and is registered as a LEED project with a target of LEED-Certified.

Gant exterior building

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.

Other Projects In Construction

Completed Projects

Fine Arts Renovations & Production Facility

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 Spring 2020.

A view of the Innovation Partnership Building

Innovation Partnership Building

Opened in fall 2017, this 110,000+ square-foot facility with specialized equipment and instrumentation brings together intellectual, physical, and technological assets to foster University-Industry partnerships for research, innovation, technology commercialization, and job growth for the State of Connecticut.

Other Completed Projects