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The University of Hartford is constructing a new academic building that will transform the campus and meet the needs of high-caliber, dedicated, and deserving students for years to come.
The centerpiece of the project is a 60,000-square-foot academic building in the academic quad. The building will house new, specialized, and technology-rich facilities for our growing programs in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture; and the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. The project includes renovations to two existing spaces—Dana and UTC Halls—and will also account for the increased need of classroom space for many general education courses offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.
The placement of the building intentionally creates a series of gathering spaces around the building and across the quad, which is so large that we rarely seize the opportunity to utilize this space. A green roof will aesthetically blend the building with the surrounding environment, while showcasing the many environmentally friendly features contained within.
When the University moved to remote instruction in March, the site in the center of campus consisted of little more than piles of dirt. Now, the steel frame is up and the outline of the building is quickly taking shape. Since spring, crews from Whiting-Turner construction company have relocated the underground utilities, built the foundation wall, and are now erecting the steel frame.
Over the next two to three months, crews will be working on the exterior “envelope,” finishing the building’s exterior cladding, siding and roofing. The overall project also includes renovations to Dana Hall and United Technologies Hall—construction is expected to start in the summer or fall of 2021.
The new facility will include a health simulation suite and spaces to prepare future health professionals to assess, diagnose, and treat a myriad of conditions. Engineering and technology-focused labs like robotics, 3D-printing, high-bay mechanical engineering, and cybersecurity labs, as well as research and maker spaces, will prepare our students for in-demand careers in expanding industries while fostering an environment where impactful teaching and learning can best take place.
The academic building will house classrooms and labs to advance our engineering and health sciences programs. Featured spaces include a Human Performance Lab, Kinesiology Lab, Bedside Skills Lab, Mechatronics Lab, Turbomachinery Lab, and many teaching and research spaces. Additionally, the second main component of the academic building project is the renovation of spaces in United Technologies Hall and Dana Hall. The opening of the new building will free up approximately 30,000 square feet of space for improvements in UT and Dana.
Notable to our campus community was the necessary removal of the trees during construction. These trees were originally planted in memory of alumni who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The architects and administration have thoughtfully considered many options to create a space that honors the lives that were lost in 2001.