Planning Begins For 21st Century UConn
The Board of Trustees last week began the process for determining the sequence of projects to be undertaken as part of the 21st Century UConn program, the $1.3 billion continuation of UConn 2000.
The 21st Century UConn program begins next July and coincides with the last year of the 10-year UConn 2000 program, which ends in June 2005.
The programs provide the University with an unprecedented ability to plan its future in terms of infrastructure, and they have become a national model for other public universities.
"Capital priorities reflect and align with program priorities," said Lorraine Aronson, vice president and chief financial officer. "Even though 70 percent of the gross square footage at Storrs and the regional campuses has been affected by UConn 2000, we still have many significant needs."
The UConn 2000 program has completed $912 million in projects to date, and has enjoyed strong bond ratings and market acceptance. The program has resulted in new buildings for chemistry, biology/physic s, music, marine sciences, the Stamford campus, information technology, and agriculture biotechnology, among others; and new residence halls that provide 1,300 new beds. The new housing includes 500 beds in suites and 500 in apartments in the Charter Oak complex and 300 in the new Husky Village designed for sororities and fraternities.
Fifty-three percent of UConn 2000 has been used for academic buildings, 21 percent for residential buildings, 18 percent for infrastructure, 5 percent for student services, 2 percent for athletics, and 1 percent for university support.
The Health Center was not part of UConn 2000 but is part of 21st Century UConn.
The trustees received and will review a list of priority projects for the early years of 21st Century UConn. It is the board's responsibility to sequence the projects, approve the scope of each project, and set a budget for each. Addition or deletion of projects within the list approved by the Legislature can only be done by legislative action.
The priority projects discussed last week include:
The projects must be sequenced not only to align with program priorities but also to fit within the annual bond caps set in the 21st Century UConn legislation.