Next Generation Connecticut Hall, a new $105 million, multi-story, 727-bed dormitory complex, is the new residence for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students at UConn. The building houses eight living and learning communities: EcoHouse, Engineering House, Eurotech House, Innovation House, STEM Honors, Public Health House, ScHOLA2RS House, and WiMSE (Women in Math, Science, & Engineering) House, as well as community gathering places and seminar rooms to encourage connectivity and innovation across disciplines.
The design was guided by the goal of fostering interaction among the student residents by creating common living/learning spaces. The site and building scheme unify the new residential campus. A lively main floor is used by all ‘houses’ for academic programs and socializing; and the student living floors cluster common uses as hubs of activity.
The LEED Silver Registered project features a green roof, supporting living and learning research programs. Acentech provided acoustics consulting services, including architectural and mechanical review, with an emphasis on sound and impact isolation.