Topping-Out Ceremony for UConn’s Historic STEM Res Hall

Mon., Sept. 14 at 11 AM

STORRS, Conn., Sept. 10, 2015 – The already high-profile Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) residence hall at the University of Connecticut will receive even more attention at a topping-out ceremony hosted by the University and Design-Build Team Leader KBE Building Corporation on Sept. 14.


  • University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst
  • Other University of Connecticut project team members
  • KBE Building Corp. staff members and subcontractors
  • Design team members from JSA Inc, BL Companies, and BVH Integrated Services


Topping-out ceremony for new STEM residence hall at UConn’s Storrs campus. Project highlights:

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

As part of the ceremony, all project team members, subcontractors, and guests will be invited to sign the final two precast beams. KBE Building Corp. staff will place the final two beams, attached to an evergreen and an American flag to symbolize pride and the building coming to life, respectively.


Mon., Sept. 14 at 11 AM


University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus
Storrs, CT 06269

Attendees should park at Alumni Hall on Alumni Drive and walk to the top of the hill, round the bend, and enter the construction site at the jobsite trailer. KBE Building Corp. will provide directional signage.


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.

KBE Building Corp. leads the Design-Build team for the construction project. JSA Inc from Portsmouth, NH is the Architect of Record. 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 Structural Engineer DiBlasi Associates; Civil Engineer BL Companies; and Mechanical, Engineering, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineer WSP.   

Media Contacts:

Jonelle Lawhorn
Director of Marketing, KBE Building Corp.

Tom Breen
Deputy Spokesman and Manager for Special Projects, University of Connecticut