The University of Connecticut is constructing a Technology Park creating a foundation for an expansive network of resources, programs, and collaborations that extend throughout the State of Connecticut. At 115,000 square feet, the Innovation Partnership Building is the Technology Park’s cornerstone building featuring agile, flexible-use laboratories, tenant labs, and $40 million in specialized, state-of-the-art equipment.
CAST CONNEX® Universal Pin Connectors™ and Custom Castings sized to fit 24-inch outer diameter steel pipe sections were used in the construction of the massive V-column structure that supports an elevated two-storey link between the building’s two specialty wings: the Advanced Characterization Lab (ACL) and the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center (AMIC). CAST CONNEX’s late-design stage input resulted in the elimination of concrete filling of the V-column struts, providing significant cost savings and construction simplification while assisting in the incorporation of cast steel connections which both addressed the significant connection forces and also provided the desired aesthetic.
Owner: University of Connecticut
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Structural Engineers: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
General Contractor: Skanska USA
Steel Fabricator: United Steel