The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA-CAE) has announced that Robert A.M. Stern Architects' University of Connecticut, Downtown Hartford Campus has been recognized with an Honorable Mention for Excellence In Architecture For Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse in its 2019 Excellence in Architecture Awards.
After nearly fifty years in the suburb of West Hartford, the University of Connecticut returned its Hartford campus to the more publicly accessible and culturally-rich urban downtown. The campus project restored and repurposed the previously vacant but historically significant Hartford Times Building, integrating it into a new five-story academic complex. Developed by The HB Nitkin Group, the full-block campus surrounds a publicly-accessible courtyard, and provides 140,000 square feet of classrooms, administrative offices, and student social spaces, contributing to the revitalization of Hartford's Adriaen's Landing district and adding to the concentration of its cultural institutions. RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Graham S. Wyatt, and Preston J. Gumberich led the design. The project has also been honored with the 2018 Connecticut Green Building Council Award of Excellence and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation's 2018 Connecticut Preservation Award.
The SCUP Excellence Awards recognize that excellence in comprehensive campus design and planning for higher education takes collaboration involving campus architects, planners, administrators, faculty, professional consultants, and many stakeholders. SCUP seeks to educate and enlighten planners, administrators, architects, and the general public about what constitutes successful planning and design for higher education. For more information about the program, please click here.