With its golden-domed cupola, the Wilbur Cross building is the iconic University facility. All the services students need – including financial aid, housing, and the registrar – can be found in this former library, one of 47 original UConn buildings listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The picturesque rolling peaks of Horsebarn Hill are the centerpiece of UConn’s founding department, the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. You can’t beat the view, and the nearby floriculture greenhouses, animal barns, and famed Dairy Bar are worth a visit.
Collections of original source materials for research, primarily in the humanities and social sciences, comprise the foundation upon which the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center is built. It is home to the University Libraries Archives and Special Collections, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, and the Human Rights Institute.
The Student Union is one of the hubs of student activity on campus. Grab a bite to eat at the food court, Chuck & Augie’s restaurant, or the Dairy Bar Too ice cream shop. Take in a flick or performance at the SU Theater. Hit the books in a study lounge, or play games in the game room. UConn’s cultural centers and some of our 600+ student clubs and organizations are based here, too.
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.
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.
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.
The new downtown Hartford campus comprises about 232,000 square feet of learning and community space, including 160,000 square feet in the Hartford Times anchor building, 34,500 square feet at 38 Prospect St., and about 19,200 square feet in the Hartford Public Library. The Times building includes 23 classrooms, staff and faculty offices, three state-of-the-art computer labs, five science labs, meeting and activity space, study areas, conference rooms, and an atrium.
UConn Stamford Residence Hall
This six-story building at 900 Washington Blvd. sits just two blocks south of UConn Stamford and will house almost 300 students annually, operating the same way as the Storrs residence halls, with resident assistants and study lounges. The 116 units comprise 10 studio, 49 one-bedroom, and 57 two-bedroom apartments; 17 top-floor apartments also have lofts. The property includes 100 designated parking spaces for students and full-time security services.
Gampel Pavilion Roof Repairs
Opening in 1990, the domed ceiling’s construction was innovative for its time. Over time and as Gampel has aged, the fabric of the ceiling panels has started to tear and flake and the sealant between the panels has started to wear off. The repairs involved included dislodging each panel from the ceiling, lowering it to the ground, replacing the covering and insulation, and then raising it up for reinstallation. On the exterior, the roof was resealed and a new and safer access system was installed for workers to reach the roof when needed. The work will be completed before the start of the 2017-18 basketball season.
UConn Bookstore – Main Campus
The existing bookstore is approximately 41,000 square feet and is in the process of a full renovation to improve the consumer and student experience. A new main entrance from the front patio will connect the new exterior seating area to the interior retail and public spaces. The interior renovations will include a Starbucks café, an Apple and technology store, and The Glossary, a section for cosmetic and beauty products. The 4,000-square-foot public space on the second floor will provide student seating and study areas and can also be used for events. The bookstore will remain open for business. Read more about the UConn Bookstore renovation on UConn Today.
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.
Peter J. Werth Residence Tower
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 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.
Student Recreation Center
Slated to open in Fall 2019, this new facility will feature 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.
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.
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
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.
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.