Project File: A centralized approach

Launched more than six years ago, UConn 2000 is a 10-year, $1 billion capital plan to renew, rebuild and enhance the University of Connecticut campuses. As part of the plan's latest phase, UConn officials developed a plan to re-engineer the delivery of a variety of important services.

The goal was to centralize student services in one location. The result is a total interior transformation of the 70-year old Wilbur Cross Building into an entirely wired center, where students can take care of university business faster and more efficiently than ever before.

The Wilbur Cross Building is at the center of the university's main campus in Storrs. The $14 million project is four stories and encompasses 110,000 square feet. Maple wood, fabric, glass and stainless steel were used in the building's interior. The lobby arches are constructed of perforated stainless-steel sheet metal and water-jet-cut aluminum frames.

Facilities for the university's business services include registrar and bursar, residential life, financial aid, the Center for Students with Disabilities, counseling services, dining services, health services, parking services, judicial affairs and residential services — all under one roof. Additional space for dean of students, vice chancellor's administrative offices, orientation program, and meeting and function rooms is provided.

Architect is Arbonies King Vlock Architects, PC (Branford, Conn.).

For more information on these projects and others, visit www.schooldesigns.com.

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