Quinnipiac University's $293 million upgrade of its Mount Carmel campus in Hamden, Conn., has been approved by town planning officials.
The university says it plans to break ground in early 2023 on the South Quad project. It will consist of three buildings-- a 142,000-square-foot general academics building, an 80,000-square-foot School of Business facility and a 417-bed residence hall for first-year students.
Quinnipiac will pay for the construction through a combination of university endowment funds, philanthropic efforts and debt financing. Official says the new facilities will be the first standalone new buildings on the Mount Carmel Campus since the early 1990s.
The School of Business will feature a business innovation hub as an incubator to build and test new ideas; a financial technology center where students will use cutting-edge trading platforms, investment tools and data systems; faculty offices; and flexible lecture and event spaces that can seat up to 150 people.
The general academic building will feature state-of-the-art wet and dry labs, space to expand computing programs, new classrooms, collaborative spaces for breakout and group study, and offices for deans and faculty. In addition, the building will house an auditorium to seat more than 700 people.
All three buildings have been designed to be environmentally friendly and achieve LEED certification.