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Getting off the Ground

By Tom Breen ’00 (CLAS)
Our campuses statewide continue to evolve, with projects that will allow UConn to house more talented students, integrate with Connecticut’s capital city, and continue to provide top-quality medical care.


STEM Residence Hall
Construction has begun on the new $79 million, 210,000-square-foot, multistory residence hall for students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The dormitory is the first project awarded under the ambitious Next Generation Connecticut program, which aims to put UConn at the forefront of research and innovation. The residence hall, to be located near the Hale and Ellsworth dorms, will include STEM educational facilities along with 727 student beds, including 23 that are fully compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The project began in November, with completion slated for summer 2016.

South Campus Gateway
As travelers arriving at UConn from the southern end of the Storrs campus have noticed since the fall, it’s no longer possible to just suddenly “find yourself” on campus. Thanks to an ambitious re-imagining of the area, there’s no mistaking that you’ve arrived at UConn.

Wider sidewalks to encourage pedestrian traffic, new landscaping features, and distinctive signage to promote upcoming events and performances in the School of Fine Arts and other venues are all part of the new “gateway” to the campus that compliments the adjacent Storrs Center.

Developed for roughly $1.5 million, the new streetscape helps tie the campus to the burgeoning developments at Storrs Center, which includes the Co-Op Bookstore, the Ballard Museum of Puppetry, and an urgent care clinic operated by UConn Health.

The improved look at the corner of Route 195 and Bolton Road, near the entrance to the Music Library, is one way in which UConn is helping to fulfill the original vision of the Storrs Center project, by creating a vibrant mix of academic, artistic, and commercial pursuits at one of the most visible and visited sections of campus.


Downtown Campus
When UConn’s Hartford campus moves downtown in the capital city in fall 2017, it’s going to mean a lot more than just a change of address.

As dynamic new renderings show, the planned Hartford campus will be a milestone for the University and for the city, anchoring the continued growth of UConn’s academic mission while contributing to the revitalization of downtown.

The center of the campus will be the restored Hartford Times building, which will retain its iconic façade. A new, attached five-story building will offer state-of-the-art classrooms and labs for University students and faculty.

The nearby Graduate Business Learning Center will be consolidated with the other programs at the new campus, including the Department of Public Policy and School of Social Work.

The University will also add a master’s degree program in engineering at the campus, along with expanded public policy, urban studies, and education programs.

The new location will bring students closer to potential internships, service projects, and jobs in urban K-12 schools, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other entities.

About 2,300 commuting students and 250 employees will be based at the campus, which will return UConn to its urban roots; although located in West Hartford since 1970, the regional campus was first established in Hartford in 1939.


UConn Health
In September, the final steel beams were put into place on the 11-floor hospital tower at UConn Health, scheduled for final completion in early 2016. The brand-new facility will include 169 private patient rooms, a 43-bed emergency department, and 11 state-of-the-art operating rooms.The hospital tower is one of the most dynamic results of the Bioscience Connecticut initiative, which has also resulted in the new Outpatient Pavilion and the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, both located on UConn Health’s campus.


  1. Dan says:

    I was hoping to read about the incredible housing that is being built over by the Bishop Center near the Price Chopper Store (at UCONN Storrs). I think it is called “the Oaks on the Square” and it has elevated the entire Storrs Campus to an incredible College Town that looks affluent as well as studious. While I think that it is a private venture, it has drawn students from outside the state who wanted more than what Storrs offered before. This is an amazing development and I’m surprised that there was no mention of it.

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