Inspiring Research, Scholarship and Teaching Excellence
Oak Hall, University of Connecticut
Designed to encourage cutting-edge research and enable students and faculty to make discoveries vital to UConn’s mission as a public research institution, Oak Hall opened at the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.
Centrally located on campus, the new facility is now home to UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The new building houses faculty offices, meeting space and classrooms, and a 200-seat auditorium for the University’s economics; journalism; languages, cultures and literatures; linguistics; and political science departments. The S-shaped facility has five wings and is outfitted with high-tech audiovisual capability, including large projection screens and wireless technology in every classroom.
Part of the new wave of environmentally-friendly buildings on campus, Oak Hall achieved LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Its sustainable design features include:
- Water-efficient plumbing features resulting in up to 47% reduction of water consumption
- Bioswales to minimize storm water disposition issues, a common concern at the campus
- Two 25,000-gallon underground tanks collect drainage water used to irrigate the main Academic Quad, promote water conservation and address another important issue on campus
- Optimized energy performance: Using energy simulation modeling, the project has been estimated to exceed energy conservation requirements by almost 40% when combined with central plant efficiencies.
- Efficient lighting with digital addressable ballasts and daylight dimming controls, integrated with audio visual controls in various spaces
The design and construction of Oak Hall has helped revitalize the University’s main campus with modern design aesthetics paired with sustainable building methods.