Board of Trustees endorses plan for three new buildings on university’s Mount Carmel Campus
February 03, 2022
February 03, 2022
Quinnipiac's Board of Trustees has approved three new buildings that will add innovative, modern learning and living spaces to the Mount Carmel Campus.
The construction of two academic buildings and a residence hall on what will become the South Quad will support students’ learning and social development while providing faculty state-of-the-art facilities for research, advanced pedagogy, and immersive learning approaches that model future careers for their students.
The board approved $244 million for the projects, which will be funded through a combination of the university’s endowment, philanthropic efforts and debt financing. The plan is in the design phase and is subject to necessary town approvals. All buildings are expected to open the 2024-25 academic year.
“This unprecedented set of investments, the first stand-alone new buildings on the Mount Carmel Campus since the early ‘90s, will enable necessary advances in academic, research and student learning-living experiences at Quinnipiac for years to come,” said President Judy D. Olian. “They are critical in achieving the ambitious goals articulated in our strategic plan as we create the University of the Future.”
The New South Quad
The three new buildings will be located on the Mount Carmel Campus between Tator Hall and the current College of Arts and Sciences on the southern part of the campus. The proposed new buildings are:
School of Business – Home to future business leaders and entrepreneurs, the 79,000-square-foot 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 space that can seat up to 150 people to facilitate large and small gatherings. An environmentally conscious central energy plant also will be housed below the new School of Business.
General academic building – This 137,000-square-foot facility will feature state-of-the-art wet and dry labs, a greenhouse and vivarium (animal habitat), space to expand Quinnipiac's computing programs, classrooms, collaborative spaces for breakout and group study, deans’ and faculty offices. In addition, the building will house a modern auditorium to seat 600-800 people and hold many important university and community-oriented events.
Residence hall – A 417-bed residence hall will position Quinnipiac to offer more singles and doubles, accommodate more residential students on campus, and enrich their living-learning experience. The air conditioned buildings will offer extracurricular opportunities for students to gather, build community and advance their career readiness and emotional well-being through the design of appropriate spaces. The building also will include group gathering spaces, lounges, and an outdoor courtyard.
“These new major building projects signify Trustees’ conviction about Quinnipiac‘s bright future,” said Arthur H. Rice, Esq., chairman of Quinnipiac’s board of trustees. “Quinnipiac has long been a leader in positioning its students for successful careers and fulfilling lives, and these buildings will add to these distinctions while supporting advanced faculty research and immersive teaching approaches.”
Committed to Sustainability
All three buildings aim for LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as the university continues to advance its strategic sustainability plan, promoting a healthy regional ecosystem that stimulates students, faculty and staff to practice sustainable behaviors in their personal and professional lives.
Also, early building designs for the new residence hall will explore the installation of a green roof with live vegetation and/or solar panels for energy generation.
All buildings are scheduled to open in 2024.
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