This project was a develop/design/build competition for a new UConn campus in downtown Hartford. The proposal added a new building to an existing property owned by the developer to accommodate UConn’s Greater Hartford Campus, School of Social Work, School of Business, and parking in a combination of renovation and new construction comprising 150,000 NASF.
The concept proposed a complex that would be integrated into downtown Hartford to allow the UConn community to ﬂow through and around an “indoor quad” --- a shared place for impromptu meetings, interdisciplinary discussions, and campus events. All programs are connected by a walkways, bridges, elevators and stairs that give users a glimpse of all activities within the building. The organization of circulation and open space creates an experience full of activity and easy wayﬁnding.
A glass curtain wall facade offers views deep into the atrium quad. Through the vestibule entrance, one will encounter a large open space ﬁlled with daylight. A stepped amphitheater cascades to the lower level courtyard that is populated with lounge furniture, tables and chairs. The cafe, bookstore, and copy center will open to this space---a great place for study, social interaction, and impromptu meetings.
This project was honored with an AIA Award.
PIC/Design Principal: Richard Benton Friedson, FAIA
Photography: Richard Benton Friedson, FAIA