projects moving toward construction
With 85 capital projects underway on the University's
campuses - and many more to come - it will require a scorecard to
keep track of UConn 2000 and other construction and renovation
With the pace quickening, the University community can expect
more activity in the months ahead as the total costs of ongoing
projects reach more than $500 million.
"It's come to a point where you can't keep it all
in your head - and it's going to get worse," said Dale
Dreyfuss, senior associate vice president for finance and
So far UConn 2000 projects have been on time and within budget -
or even early, as in the case of seating expansion at Gampel
Pavilion. The exception is the new downtown Stamford campus, where
asbestos and lead-paint problems have delayed the opening.
The most visible UConn 2000 project so far is the new chemistry
building, which is rising next to Swan Lake. And and 10 a.m. May 7,
University officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the
new South Campus residences and dining hall.
Here is an update for major UConn 2000 projects:
- Stamford campus. Relocating Stamford campus to
downtown in the former Bloomingdale's building to establish a
full, four-year undergraduate campus focusing on business,
communication sciences, mathematics and biology, and expansion of
current programs in psychology, economics, English and general
studies, along with expanded graduate programs in computer science
and economics. Cost: $62.3 million. Status: 25 percent complete;
negotiating new completion date.
- Chemistry building. New 199,000-square-foot
building to replace Waring Chemistry Building. The new facility
will provide space for undergraduate classrooms, research labs,
administration, building support and a resource and learning
center. Cost: $56.7 million. Status: 5 percent complete; expected
completion in July 1998.
- Field House. Renovating 128,685 square feet in
existing building. Projects include more room for weight training,
mat floor activity, racquetball, volleyball, swimming, track and
other activities. Locker and shower facilities will be upgraded, as
well as office, storage and support space. Cost: $11.5 million.
Status: 70 percent complete; expected completion this summer.
- Mansfield Apartments. Installation of smoke
detectors, conversion of two units for handicapped access,
replacement of oil-fired furnaces and hot water heaters with gas
units, installation of pitched roof canopies, and kitchen
improvements. Cost: $2.7 million. Status: 30 percent complete; to
be completed by fall.
- South Campus. Replaces seven-building South
Campus complex with state-of-the-art residence halls and dining
facility. Cost: $41 million. Status: Groundbreaking May 7; bids
opened April 23. Completion by fall 1998.
- Avery Point Marine Science & Technology
Center. Building 215,000 square feet of new classroom and
research space, a new library and Project Oceanography complex.
Also renovating Avery Point campus. Cost: $47.6 million. Status:
bids due this month.
- Agriculture Biotechnol- ogy. Building new
80,500-square-foot laboratory and greenhouse in conjunction with
$10 million federal grant. Building will house labs, seminar and
conference rooms, reference library, and space for Transgenic
Animal Facility, current Plant Biotechnology Laboratory and
proposed Transgenic Plant Facility. Cost: $19.3 million. Status:
Design developments under review.
- Music and Drama Buildings. Renovating and
adding to fine arts complex, including new band orchestra building,
music library and studio/classroom building. Cost: $15.1 million.
Status: Awaiting Bond Commission Approval.
- Branford House. Renovating and repairing
interior of Branford House at Avery Point, on the National Register
of Historic Places, to be used for conference space and
administrative offices. Cost: $1.8 million. Status: Bond Commission
approval expected today.
- Biology/physics building. As part of the new
Tech Quad, building a 111,000-square-foot biology building adjacent
to the Gant Center for Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, electron
microscopy, biotechnology labs, office and support space, along
with a 22,000-square-foot physics addition for accelerator and
laser technology research. Cost: $42.4 million. Status:
- New central warehouse. Building new
64,000-square-foot warehouse and space for purchasing and accounts
payable departments. Cost: $3.9 million. Status: Request for
- Parking garage. Building 1,000-car garage in
the Tech Quad area. Cost: $9.6 million. Status: Request for
- Benton museum addition. Building a
22,000-square-foot addition for the William Benton Museum of Art.
Cost: $6.6 million. Status: Project being re-evaluated.
- School of Business. Constructing new
88,000-square-foot School of Business Administration. Cost: $19.4
million. Status: Pre-design studies.
- Ice rink enclosure. Enclosing the
35,465-square-foot rink and adding 15,000 square feet for locker
rooms, rest rooms, warming area, offices and seating for 2,000
people. Cost: $2.8 million. Status: Changing design; pre-qualifying
- Waring Building. Converting and renovating the
Waring Chemistry Building for general classroom use. Cost: $7.5
million. Status: Planning study underway.
- Precision Manufacturing Enterprise Building.
Constructing 20,000-square-foot addition to accommodate
industrial-type, high-bay manufacturing space, lab and incubator
space. Cost: $2.6 million. Status: Schematics to begin May 1.
- Wilbur Cross Building. Converting the archives
and library area into a new Center for Undergraduate Education.
Cost: $3.4 million. Status: Under review.
- Northwest Quad. A variety of improvements and
code compliance. Cost: $17 million. Status: Proposals in;