Steel Erected at Historic STEM Building on UConn Campus

STORRS, CT, June 23, 2015 – Students at the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus are one step closer to occupying a long-awaited STEM residence hall now that steel erection has begun at the construction site. They joined staff members from the University and from Design-Builder KBE Building Corp. during a recent ceremony.

Raising Steel, Making History

The STEM residence hall is part of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Next Generation Connecticut (NGC) initiative, designed to greatly expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines at the school during the next decade, with the overall goal of creating an infrastructure that supports Connecticut’s most important industries, including high-tech manufacturing.

One of the most ambitious state investments in economic development, higher education, and research in the nation, NGC will transform the University into a top public research institution that fuels Connecticut’s economy through new technologies, highly skilled graduates, and the creation of high-wage jobs.

Project Summary

  • multi-story residence hall with STEM component
  • $79 million, 210,000 s/f project
  • pursuing LEED Silver certification
  • substantial completion scheduled for summer 2016

Design Team

Newman Architects was chosen by the University of Connecticut as the Bridging Design Architect and the University’s Design Consultant during the Construction Phase. BVH Integrated Services is also serving as Engineer during the Bridging Documents phase.

The design team for the new STEM residence hall also includes Architect of Record JSA Architects from Portsmouth, N.H., who previously teamed with KBE on the very successful Kellogg House residence hall design-build project at the University of Virginia; Structural Engineer DiBlasi Associates; Civil Engineer BL Companies; and Mechanical, Engineering, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineer WSP.

Renderings and Photographs

A high-resolution rendering of the University of Connecticut’s new STEM residence hall is available below, courtesy of Newman Architects.

A video showing the steel going up is available here, courtesy of David Gaynes:

About KBE Building Corporation

Located in Norwalk, CT, Farmington, CT, and Columbia, MD, KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the retail, educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, and institutional markets. KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally. Learn more at

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Rendering Credit: Newman Architects, Bridging Design Architect and the University’s Design Consultant during the Construction Phase