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Friday 26 Feb 2010

University of Connecticut plans major expansion with new Social Sciences Buildings

The new Social Sciences and classroom buildings at the University of Connecticut provide a new home to five social sciences and humanities departments, (Economics, Political Science, Linguistics, Modern & Classical Language, and Journalism), bringing a total of 40 new classrooms into the heart of the campus. The two new buildings resonate with each other and strengthen the masterplan, bringing the vitality of intensively used learning space into the centre of campus.

The compact West Building (67,000 sq ft) contains two large lecture halls in a low copper faced volume along Fairfield Way, with 17 smaller classrooms located in a three-story brick volume facing the Main Quadrangle adjacent to the Student Union. A green roof is located over the lower volume. Diagonally across Fairfield Way, the East building (130,000 sq ft) occupies the site adjacent to the main Library. This new building will accommodate all of the faculty departments on the upper three floors, with a large lecture hall and ten classrooms on the ground level. Ten more classrooms are distributed throughout the upper floors. Two L-shaped brick volumes, joined by a connector on the upper three departmental floors maximise necessary office perimeter space, while creating two copper lined interconnected courtyards.

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