New Dorms for 2016
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 01:09
New dorms are currently in the planning phase, with UConn Master Planner and Chief Architect Laura A. Cruickshank predicting new housing to be built in 2016 at the earliest.
With the influx of students on campus as part of Next Generation Connecticut, building new dorms has become a top priority for Architectural and Engineering Services (AES), the department responsible for planning construction on the UConn campuses. Funds from Next Generation Connecticut will be used to cover the costs of building new dorms.
“It’s a huge concern for the University,” said Cruickshank, “to be able to house all the students who want to live on campus.”
As the Storrs campus grows with Next Generation Connecticut AES faces not only the need for more dorms, offices and classroom buildings, but also an infrastructure expansion to accommodate higher demand.
“With all the new buildings we’re adding we also have to supply utilities,” said Brain Gore, the director of project and program management for AES. Greater need for things such as electricity and water must be considered in moving forward with campus construction, according to Gore.
The recent completion off a new water reclamation facility and renovations of older buildings on campus are representative of changes that will continue to occur as plans move forward to maintain, update and expand the Storrs campus.
The renovation and expansion of the Psychology Building is one example. Finished three months early, the project provided more space as well as updated ventilation and electrical systems throughout the building.
The Young Building interior was also completely renovated, including the installation of air conditioning. This project, started in June 2012 and finished in Aug., also strove to bring the building up to a LEED, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, silver standard.
The Arjona renovation was also completed over the summer. The project updated the interior finishes as well as the electrical and plumbing systems and installed air conditioning in the building. Window repairs were also completed. In addition, the space was remolded to accommodate Counseling and Mental Health Services and Veteran Affair who both moved into that building.
For dorms, new windows were installed Grange, Hicks and Shippee resident halls. Catering services in Shippee were also renovated.
Other construction projects on campus remain ongoing. The quad between the Information Technology Building and the School of Business is currently in phase II of its renovation, which is expected to be completed in November. Phase I involved replacing the parking lot next to the quad to make it more pedestrian and environmentally friendly. When completed the quad will feature sidewalks that reflect desire paths, paths that form from people walking over the same area of grass, and a seating area.
The Math-Science Building renovation is also expected to finish up this semester. The project was started due to issues with the exterior masonry where water was leaking into cracks, freezing and causing bricks to pop out. Beyond fixing the water problem, a new roof was installed on the physics building and glass curtain walls will be installed around the staircases.
More construction can be expected as Next Generation Connecticut moves forwards. For more details on construction on the UConn campus the quarterly construction reports are available on AES’s website.