UConn’s Information Technology Engineering Building is a 4-story teaching and research building, which includes classrooms, wet and dry laboratories, offices, two high-tech classrooms and a 350-seat underground lecture hall. The ITE Building met with some major obstacles. Delayed funding forced a late start. A carpenters’ strike occurred in the midst of construction. The “tight” project site was located between the new School of Business, the Homer Babbidge Library and two major student walkways.
Site constraints forced the use of “soil nailing” along the underground utility tunnel by the School of Business – a 30’ deep cut, 100’ long – and underpinning at the Babbidge Library in order to construct an underground concourse connecting the underground lecture hall to the Library and the ITE Building. However, close coordination and collaboration within the entire project team allowed the project to proceed at a dramatic pace, with a certificate of occupancy in just 18 months and ultimately finishing ahead of schedule!