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Environmental assessment is required where the complexity and scale of a proposed project, technology, resource allocation, or siting considerations create uncertainty about the exact nature of environmental effects or result in a potential for significant adverse environmental effects.

 

Comparative Evaluation for the North Campus Master Plan EIE
Notice of Scoping for STEM Residence Hall

Notice of Scoping for New Engineering and Science Building at the University of Connecticut

 

Notice of Comparative Evaluation for the North Campus Master Plan EIE, University of Connecticut, Innovative Partnership Building

Project Title: Notice for Comparative Evaluation, North Campus Master Plan EIE, University of Connecticut, Innovative Partnership Building

Municipality where project is proposed: University of Connecticut – Storrs Campus, Mansfield

Address of Possible Project Location: North Hillside Road Extension – North Campus Master Plan Parcel C

Project Description: The University of Connecticut (UCONN) proposes to construct an Innovative Partnership Building (IPB) on its North Campus. The IPB would represent the first phase of the implementation of the University’s North Campus Master Plan, a plan for the development of a technology park at the campus. The IPB would be located on Parcel C, north of the UConn Wastewater Treatment Plant and the University’s tennis courts, and west of the planned extension of North Hillside Road.

The project entails the construction of an approximately 112,000-square-foot (sf) U-shaped building dedicated to research and development. The structure would include specialty core facilities, including wet and dry laboratories, tenant space, office and administration space, amenities, and building support space. The three-story building would be integrated with the topography of the site, taking advantage of the site's natural westward slope.  The lower level of the building, essentially two wings, would frame a terraced central courtyard and would accommodate high bay laboratories and imaging space.  The two laboratory wings would be capped by an extensive green roof that serves as a stormwater management feature.  Above and east of the wings, an entrance lobby, offices, and tenant labs would be located on the upper two floors. The building would be clad in steel, concrete and glass and would be designed to meet, at a minimum, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Standards.

Access to the site would be provided through two entrances off of North Hillside Road, the spine for the UConn Research and Development Park. One hundred and twenty-five parking spaces would be provided north of the IPB and an additional 65 spaces would be located to the south. An on-grade loading zone would be constructed on the north side of the building.  This loading zone would also serve as special event overflow parking for approximately 25 cars.  Parking lot rain gardens and water-quality infiltration basins will be included as part of the project design.

Project Document:  Click here to view the Comparative Evaluation Report

Project Map:  Click here to view IPB locus map

 

The comment period on this evaluation has closed.

If you have questions about the public hearing, or where you can review this EIE, or similar matters, please contact:


Name:           Paul Ferri
Agency:         UCONN-Office of Environmental Policy
Address:        31 LeDoyt Rd., U-3055, Storrs, CT 06269
E-Mail:          paul.ferri@uconn.edu
Phone:     (860) 486-9295

 


 

Notice of Scoping for STEM Residence Hall

*NEW* March 17, 2014 Scoping Meeting Draft Notes

*NEW* March 17, 2014 Scoping Meeting Presentation

*NEW* Written Coments Received to Date:

Town of Mansfield, March 19, 2014

Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, March 21, 2014

Municipality where proposed project might be located: Mansfield

Address of Possible Project Location: Alumni Drive on the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, Mansfield, Connecticut

Project Description: UConn proposes to construct a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Residence Hall next to the Hilltop Residence Halls (Hale and Ellsworth) on Alumni Drive. The proposed residence hall consists of up to 850 beds in an 8 or 9-story building or buildings totaling up to 265,000 gross square feet.  The STEM Residence Hall would provide housing for first-year students and is part of the capital project initiatives in support of Next Generation Connecticut, a program intended to significantly expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the STEM disciplines at UConn over the next decade. 

Construction of the STEM Residence Hall on the proposed location on Alumni Drive will require demolition and relocation of athletic facilities related to discus and javelin throw fields. The site is located within the Eagleville Brook watershed and planning for the residence hall will incorporate consideration of the TMDL and watershed management plan for Eagleville Brook. The new residence hall is anticipated to tie into central utilities for electricity and to use liquefied petroleum gas-fired emergency generators. At least initially, the STEM Residence Hall will be locally heated and cooled.   The building construction will incorporate best practices of sustainability with a minimum goal of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver. 

Project Map:  Click here to view a map of the project area 

Written comments: from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the end of March 22, 2014.

There will be a Public Scoping Meeting for this project at:

Date:      March 17, 2014

Time:      7:00 PM

Place:      Room 146, UConn Bishop Center; One Bishop Circle; Storrs, CT 06269

 

Written comments should be sent to:

Name:           Jason Coite
Agency:         UCONN-Office of Environmental Policy
Address:        31 LeDoyt Rd., U-3055, Storrs, CT 06269
E-Mail:          jason.coite@uconn.edu
Fax:     (860) 486-5477

If you have questions about the Public Scoping Meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, please contact Mr. Coite as directed above.

 


 

Notice of Scoping for New Engineering and Science Building at the University of Connecticut

*NEW* March 17, 2014 Scoping Meeting Draft Notes

*NEW* March 17, 2014 Scoping Meeting Presentation

*NEW* Written Coments Received to Date:

Town of Mansfield, March 19, 2014

Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, March 21, 2014

Willimantic River Alliance, March 22, 2014

Municipality where project is proposed:  Mansfield

Address of Possible Project Location: Glenbrook Rd. at University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus

Project Description: The University of Connecticut is seeking to build a New Engineering & Science Building off Glenbrook Road at the Storrs Campus.   This five-story, 108,000 GSF building is proposed to be located between the Chemistry Building and the Psychology/Biology Building, partially within the footprint of the old Central Warehouse, which will be demolished.  The new building will be a 5-story, 108,000 gross square foot (GSF) structure with a full basement and penthouse. The New Engineering & Science Building will serve the university staff and students, offering new laboratories and offices, classrooms, and meeting rooms. The site is located within the Eagleville Brook watershed and consideration will be given to the TMDL and watershed management plan for Eagleville Brook. The New Engineering & Science Building is anticipated to tie into central utilities for all electrical, heating, and cooling needs. New construction associated with this project will incorporate best practices of sustainability with a minimum goal of LEED Silver.

Project Map:  Click here to view a map of the project area

Written comments: from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the end of March 22, 2014.

There will be a Public Scoping Meeting for this project at:

Date:      March 17, 2014

Time:      7:30 PM

Place:      Room 146, UConn Bishop Center; One Bishop Circle; Storrs, CT 06269

 

Written comments should be sent to:

Name:           Jason Coite
Agency:         UCONN-Office of Environmental Policy
Address:        31 LeDoyt Rd., U-3055, Storrs, CT 06269
E-Mail:          jason.coite@uconn.edu
Fax:     (860) 486-5477

If you have questions about the Public Scoping Meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, please contact Mr. Coite as directed above.

 


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