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 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 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 Planning and Design

Supplemental Utility Plant rendering

Supplemental Utility Plant

As part of the STEM initiative of Next Generation Connecticut capital plan, utility modeling has shown that the University will need to produce or treat and distribute additional chilled water, steam, and electrical power to support the development of the Storrs Campus. The project, currently in design concurrent with STEM Research Center 1, will be constructed in two phases. Phase I would include the new Supplemental Utility Plant building, site improvements, chiller(s), emergency generator(s), and steam boiler(s), while Phase II would include installation of potential electrical tri-generation equipment as determined during the design of Phase I.

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.

Other Projects In Planning and Design

In Construction

Athletics District Improvements

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.

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.

Other Projects In Construction

Completed Projects

Engineering Science Building at UConn

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 fall 2017.

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