University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
A phased-while-occupied renovation will transform an early-1970s academic building into a vibrant center for science teaching and research.
The comprehensive renovation of the Gant Complex to meet the current and future needs of the University’s STEM teaching and research initiatives transforms it into a vibrant, flexible science building. Built in the 1970s, Gant is a “workhorse” academic building, comprising teaching and research labs for a range of disciplines. It will be renovated in three primary phases over five years, while 2/3 of the complex will remain operational at all times. One key phasing constraint is the need to keep the University’s central Data Center undisturbed throughout construction.
Gant’s interior has been completely reconfigured and renovated, including all systems, services, and finishes. The former Math wing will become the Physics wing, and the former Physics and Materials Science wings will become the home of undergraduate Biology teaching and research labs. Our design includes a stunning, two-story, glass-enclosed Light Court at the heart of the complex, which reinforces the social hub of Gant by creating a collaborative space adjacent to auditoria and SCALE-UP labs.
The exterior received new windows and curtain wall, as well as improved insulation that brings Gant into compliance with Connecticut’s High-Performance Building Standards and enable it to achieve LEED Gold. New canopies and reconfigured entrances clarifies major points of entry to the complex. Site improvements include improved landscape materials and the green roof conversion of an underutilized plaza.