Campus Improvements

In recent years, the University has added valuable academic space, reinvigorated its student union building, and bolstered its programs and commitment to student success.

Just like our students, the University of Hartford continues to grow, improve, and innovate. We strive to continually expand our academic and support offerings with each year. Here is a look at some of the large-scale campus projects that have changed the face of campus or expanded opportunities for students to learn and grow at UHart.

New Track and Field Design

Track rendering

Opening in Fall 2024 is the Grant Family Track and Field, named in recognition of UHart alumnus and member of the Board of Regents, Kevin Grant '82, M'86, thanks to his generous leadership gift to the University. The reimagined complex will feature a 400-meter, eight-lane "full pour" track surrounding a new field tailored for field hockey and an adjacent throwing area. Built to NCAA standards, the new athletics complex will be a premier space for student-athletes, intramural teams, and the campus community as a whole. 

Village Apartments Extensive Renovations

new kitchen village construction

The University of Hartford is debuting the newly renovated Village Apartments for the 2022-2023 academic year following a $20 million refurbishment. The apartments are home to more than 800 returning and graduate students, who will enjoy brand new kitchens and bathrooms, new furniture and flooring, revamped common spaces, and just-installed community patios with outdoor seating. The upgrades also created more Kosher/Shabbat-friendly and ADA-compliant apartments. Each Village Apartment will now feature recessed lighting, upgraded bathrooms, stainless steel appliances ​(including microwaves), new kitchen cabinetry, and more. With this project, all UHart housing units now come fully furnished.

Hursey Center

Drone overhead Hursey Center

The Hursey Center, a 60,000-square-foot academic building in the academic quad, houses 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 also 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.

Center For Student Success Launches

Center for Student Success

Launched in the Fall of 2019, and incorporating all units related to student life and academic services, the Center for Student Success provides students with a holistic approach to college life at UHart. The Center for Student Success is located in Gengras Student Union. 

Barney's Auerbach Hall Expansion

Auerbach Hall

A new state-of-the-art, high-tech learning and collaboration addition to Auerbach Hall for the Barney School of Business was dedicated in September 2019. This addition positioned the Barney School—and its students—for greater success in a fast-moving, fiercely competitive world. 

Residential Life Improvements

Dorm Renovations

The grand opening of UHart's new common spaces in dorm complexes A-D provided students with a place to study, relax, and gather. Dorms A-D also received refreshed paint, the basement laundry areas were renovated, and new TVs, games, and furniture were added to common spaces for use by students. 

Gengras Student Union Expansion and Renovation

GSU Expansion

The Gengras Student Union Expansion and Renovation project transformed the former patio into a new community space for students, faculty, and staff. The improvements to the Gengras Student Union will foster personal growth and engage students in acquiring skills and values beyond the classroom.

Harrison Libraries Expansion and Renovation

Harrison Library

The Harrison Libraries Expansion and Renovation project began in May 2016, and was completed in May 2017. This project brings the physical space, technology, and infrastructure of the Harrison Libraries in line with our evolving understanding of teaching and learning, benefiting the University’s community of learners, scholars, creators, and supporters.

Hillyer Hall Expansion

Shaw Center

In 2012, Hillyer Hall, the University’s oldest classroom building, received a facelift and expansion through the addition of the 10,000-square-foot Shaw Center, which features Regents Commons, a large common area encouraging accessibility and interaction among students and faculty. 

Renovation Photos