Downtown Waterbury Campus, University of Connecticut
One of the top 20 public universities in the country, the University of Connecticut relocated its Waterbury branch from its original hilltop campus to the City’s Downtown Arts and Education District.
Sited on the north side of East Main Street across from the historic Palace Theater, the new UConn branch is a self-contained campus building designed to respond to the urban context in which it is anchored. The u-shaped configuration of the new building (street front and two wings) responds to the needs of students by providing appropriate a variety of educational and collaborative spaces while establishing a strong visual presence within the City. Academic spaces include research labs, chemistry labs, biology labs, physics labs, 10 classroom, 4 seminar rooms, 4 small group rooms, 4 computer labs, a 100-seat lecture hall and a 70-seat case room. The Library enjoys a 3-story open stack configuration with mezzanines wrapping on 2 floors (of its 3 floor expanse,) and includes stacks &periodicals for 46,250 volumes, 30 reading carrels and multimedia storage & viewing.
AIA Connecticut Chapter, Design Award, 2004