STORRS, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – The University of Connecticut has opened its first new residence hall on over a decade. Governor Dannel Malloy, lawmakers and university officials cut the ribbon on Next Generation Connecticut Hall Wednesday.
The $79 million, eight-story building will mainly house freshmen and sophomore students in eight “living and learning communities” covering disciplines ranging from public health to engineering. The residence hall boasts beds for 727 students, as well as a computer lab and 3D printer and other resources for shared study.
The building is the first to be completed under the Next Generation Connecticut initiative, designed to boost Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies.
Fall classes at UConn begin Monday.