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Learn about Projects for UCONN 2000 Bond Investors, including Student Recreation Center, Innovation Partnership Building, and Homer Babbidge Library.
Construction is complete on UConn's dynamic new three-story, 191,000 square foot Student Recreation Center. The Design Phase began in October 2015 with program input from students, staff and the Student Advisory Committee. The new Student Recreation Center was built from a $100 million project budget, conforms to Connecticut High Performance Building Code regulations and will be registered as a LEED GOLD project.
The facility includes approximately 30,000 square feet of fitness space, a four-court gymnasium, two multipurpose activity courts, an indoor running track, an aquatics center with a 25-meter pool and a recreational pool, a climbing center, racquetball courts, an outdoor recreation center and functional training and multipurpose rooms for use by the students and the UConn community.
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.
With the adoption of the 2015 UConn Master Plan by the Board of Trustees in 2015, the Homer Babbidge Library is in a unique position to create a 21st century library that reflects UConn’s academic vision and mission.
“The UConn Libraries is a transformative partner in inspiring groundbreaking research and advancing learning, teaching, and entrepreneurial thinking. Our outstanding resources, expert staff, and collaborative environments empower our communities to explore new fields of inquiry and seek revolutionary solutions.” (UConn Libraries Vision, Mission, Purposeful Path Froward)
In the spring of 2015, UConn proceeded to develop the Library Facilities Master Plan for Homer Babbidge Library. The goal is to create a framework for the Library’s transformation over the next ten years that will help transform the library into a Knowledge and Innovation Hub creating new environments for teaching, learning and research. A draft of the Master Plan will be shared with the campus in December.
The library, centrally located in the heart of Storrs campus, was built in 1978 using traditional space and infrastructure standards utilizing an extended stack footprint. The proposed plan is assessing the needs for the various functions in the Library and bench-marking against efforts recently undertaken by other premier institutions as information was available and relevant. Today’s students are looking for spaces dedicated to twenty-four hour study, project and group study, technology enhanced instruction and social spaces.
By creating an off-site preservation facility, relocating collections, consolidating print collection and increasing storage efficiency by adding compact shelving, the available space in the library will increase by 50%. The proposed recommendations included in the Master Plan assess the needs for the various functions in the library. Various current and future functions in the library have been grouped around floor themes with the goal of co-locating complementary functions and partnerships.
Returning to downtown, UConn Hartford interweaves top-tier academic programs with the vitality and unique educational and service opportunities offered by Connecticut’s capital city. The move establishes a neighborhood campus, with UConn Hartford being integrated with the Hartford Public Library and surrounded by the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut Science Center, Connecticut Convention Center, and state and city government offices. Home to many undergraduate programs as well as graduate and professional programs, UConn Hartford offers all of the benefits of a prestigious public research university in a metropolitan setting.
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. Construction began in June 2018 and has a target completion date in January 2020.
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.