The Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) is a 113,700 GSF research building that houses state-of-the-art specialized equipment and instrumentation for nanofabrication, precision manufacturing, biomedical devices/sensor development, advanced modeling/simulation and material characterization. It is the first building to be constructed in the University of Connecticut’s Technology Park accessed via Discovery Drive.
The main features of the design of the building include two “specialty labs or wings”, referred to as the Advanced Characterization Lab (ACL) and an Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center (AMIC). The building includes a main entrance with common areas and conference rooms and a “floating” core and shell (unfinished) lab bar. The ACL is planned to contain sensitive characterization and microscopy tools and has been designed so as to isolate the equipment from induced external vibrations and electromagnetic fields, both of which can negatively impact the operation of the equipment.
Design of the building was completed on August 28, 2014 and construction began on June 16, 2015. Completed in September 2018, the facility serves 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.