HARTFORD – UConn students and administrators, state and local officials celebrated the start of construction on the university’s new downtown Hartford campus by breaking ground and raising the UConn flag at the site Monday.
The campus will be anchored by the former Hartford Times building, where UConn President Susan Herbst was joined Monday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, UConn Board of Trustees Chairman Larry McHugh, Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, several legislators, and a crowd of other guests to celebrate the event.
The campus will open for classes in fall 2017 with about 2,300 students and 250 faculty members. Construction includes the addition of a new attached five-story building while retaining the iconic Beaux-Arts façade of the 95-year-old Hartford Times structure.
The $115 million project is funded primarily through Next Generation Connecticut, the initiative supported by Malloy and the General Assembly to expand STEM education and other offerings at UConn to drive economic growth throughout the state.
Officials said the move returns UConn to its roots in Hartford, where it had been located from its opening in 1939 until it moved in 1970 to West Hartford.
In keeping with the neighborhood campus concept, the building will have an exterior courtyard open daily to the public, and retail stores at ground level to encourage public visits.
In all, the campus will comprise about 217,000 square feet between the Times anchor building, a building that UConn is purchasing at 38 Prospect St., and space in other nearby buildings in partnership with those neighboring entities.