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Announcing: New Academic Building

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Building Updates
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Students, faculty and staff returning to campus this fall were struck by the transformation of the construction site for the new academic building.

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The University of Hartford has broke ground on 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. 

A State-of-the-Art Facility

On Track for Fall 2021 Opening

Thank you to our partners.

This project would not be possible without the generous support of our corporate partners who are dedicated to investing in the success of our students for years to come. 

  • Bauer, Inc.
  • Hartford HealthCare
  • Hartford Steam Boiler
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Stanley Black & Decker

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. 

See the Progress!

New Learning Spaces for In-Demand Programs

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The new facility, which will house classrooms and labs to advance our engineering and health sciences programs, will include a health simulation suite and spaces dedicated to preparing future health professionals to assess, diagnose, and treat a myriad of conditions in new labs designed for:

  • motion analysis
  • human performance
  • strength and conditioning
  • health and physical assessment
  • functional and physical rehabilitation

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.

Building Features Include:

Human Performance Lab Mechatronics Lab
Kinesiology Lab Turbomachinery Lab
3D Printing Lab Cybersecurity Lab
Immersive Simulation Suite Internet of Things Lab
Outpatient Exam Skills Suite Concrete Lab
Bedside Skills Suite 3D Printing Lab
OT Skills/Integration Lab CNC Machine Lab
Makerspace Active Learning Classrooms
High Bay Space Research Labs
Robotics Lab Teaching Labs

United Technologies and Dana Hall Renovations

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. 

United Technologies Hall renovations include:

  • A new 60-person classroom in the former Makerspace, which will be available for scheduling by all university programs
  • New CETA faculty offices
  • Expanded Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Instrumentation labs
  • A shared Tissue Engineering space for CETA and ENHP

Dana Hall will have more extensive renovations, encompassing about 19,000 square feet of space on the first and fourth floors. On the first floor, the renovations will include:

  • An updated Recording Suite with improved acoustics and mechanical systems
  • Expansion of the Metrology lab into the space being vacated by Turbomachinery
  • A complete makeover in the CETA Machine Shop
  • Expanded research space for Physics and senior projects
  • Expanded Electric & Computer Audio Lab
  • Expanded Soils Lab
  • Expanded Transportation Lab
  • Expanded Acoustics Engineering Lab
  • Additional classroom space for the Smart Grid & Renewable Systems program and the Machinery and Power Systems programs
One the fourth floor of Dana Hall, the space being vacated by the Physical Therapy skills labs will be converted to Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry teaching and research labs, as well as a lab dedicated for ENHP. These additional labs will help accommodate the growing Nursing program in ENHP as well as students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

A New Memorial

Sept. 11 memorial
A rendering of the new memorial to lives lost on 9/11.

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.

The new memorial, located in the Gray Center Quad, will feature a gathering space with subtle, sculptural seating. The area will be anchored by dark granite that is shaped to emerge from the ground and illuminate at night; featuring the etched names of our alumni. It is intended to be a visible and reflective space that will be utilized by the campus community for many years to come. The area will be formally dedicated on the 20-year anniversary of 9/11 next year.

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