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Construction Kicks Off on UConn’s Transformational New Science Quad

By District Energy posted 08-27-2020 14:28




A transformational science complex that ties together UConn’s research expansion, academic vision, and culture of innovation will soon start to take shape on the Storrs campus with the recent start of construction at the site.

The Northwest Science Quad, a complex that includes a 198,000-square-foot modern research facility and related amenities, is a cornerstone of the Next Generation Connecticut program adopted by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2013 to expand research and education in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

The Northwest Science Quad (NWSQ) construction project involves several moving parts in terms of its schedule, since the nearby Gant complex is also undergoing renovations and modernization and the new SUP which will provide utility services — including chilled water and steam to meet heating and cooling loads — for both complexes.

The Supplemental Utility Plant will connect via underground infrastructure to the Central Utility Plant on Glenbrook Road. The SUP project also includes electrical upgrades to significantly improve the campus electrical distribution system.

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