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Buildings and Labs from 1911 to Present

First Century of Excellence


Major Milestones

History of UConn Engineering Deans

Facilities from 1911 to President

Facilities from 1911 to Present
1911 Mechanic Arts Building – first used as a dining hall; engineering instruction began in this building in 1920
1939 Engineering I Building – on completion, Engineering I contained over 48k sq. ft. In 1970, it was named the Francis L. Castleman, Jr. Building in honor of the former dean of engineering who died in office in 1954. The F.L. Castleman Building was renovated and expanded in 1995. It houses the Offices of the Engineering Dean and the Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, plus CEE classrooms, offices and labs.
1950 Civil Engineering Hydraulics Research Laboratory – established in the old water works plant in the Pink Ravine.
1957 Engineering II Building – Engineering II ($1.3M) houses the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) Department main office as well as CBE classrooms, offices and labs; and selected Mechanical Engineering Department laboratories.
1968 Engineering III Building – the state appropriation for this building was matched by the National Science Foundation. The building was renamed the Arthur B. Bronwell Building in honor of the late dean of engineering (1962-70), who was instrumental in securing funds for its construction. Today, it houses staff, offices and laboratories of the Biomedical Engineering Department as well as laboratories of selected CEE and Mechanical Engineering faculty.
1970 The Institute of Materials Science (IMS) Building, part of the Gant Science Complex, houses the administrative offices of the Materials Science & Engineering Department (MSE), plus MSE faculty offices, classrooms and laboratories.
1985 The Mechanical Engineering Department established its Fluid Research Laboratory in the Pink Ravine Building, taking the facility over from Civil Engineering.
1987 United Technologies Engineering Building (UTEB) – This four-story building was funded with $4.6M in state bonds and over $1.5M from United Technologies and its employees. More than $6M in additional federal, state and private grants supported state-of-the-art research equipment. The Computer Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (ME) Departments were housed in UTEB initially. Today, the administrative offices of the ME Department as well as ME classrooms, faculty offices and labs, and some laboratories of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering faculty are housed in UTEB.
1991 Longley Building – located at the UConn Depot Campus (formerly the Mansfield Training School) this building initially housed offices and laboratories of the Environmental Research Institute, Center for Grinding Research and Development, and Precision Manufacturing Institute. Currently, Longley houses the Connecticut Transportation Institute, the Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center and the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center.
2001 Center for Clean Energy Engineering (formerly the Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center) – this 16k sq. ft. facility is located on the university’s Depot Campus. Design and construction were subsidized through a $2M grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Authority and matching funds ($670k) from UConn. The building hosts the Center for Clean Energy Engineering and the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation.
2002 Taylor L. Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technology (BECAT) – this 17k sq. ft. facility, located on Level A of the Homer Babbidge Library, provides permanent space for BECAT, a university center offering high performance computing and nurturing research collaboration.
2003 Information Technologies Engineering Building – this 110k sq. ft. building, constructed with funding from the State, houses the administrative offices, faculty labs and offices, and classrooms of the Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering departments.