April 25, 2013

Fusco/Clark Selected for UConn Health Center Design-Build Effort

FARMINGTON, Conn. – The University of Connecticut Health Center awarded Fusco/Clark, a joint venture, a $79 million contract to design and construct the core and shell of a new outpatient care center and parking garage on its Farmington campus.

The ambulatory care center and parking facilities are part of Bioscience Connecticut - a forward-thinking plan championed by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy and approved by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011. Bioscience Connecticut will create construction-related jobs immediately and generate long term sustainable economic growth based on bioscience research, innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization.

The 300,000 square-foot outpatient care center will consolidate an array of outpatient services currently housed in multiple spaces on the UConn Health Center campus. The facility's comprehensive range of services will include diagnostic imaging, endocrinology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, neurology, occupational medicine, physical therapy, radiation oncology, urology, and vascular surgery. The ambulatory care center also will include 60,000 square feet for new clinician scientist recruits, a cafe, outdoor terraces, and retail space for a commercial pharmacy and optical shop. The building will be clad in curtain wall and metal panels and will connect to the new 450,000 square-foot, 1,100-space precast concrete parking garage with a pedestrian bridge.

The project is expected to achieve LEED® Silver certification.

Construction began in January and completion is expected in late 2014, with occupancy expected in early 2015.

This project is Clark's second in Connecticut. In 2004, The company completed the Hawthorne Apartments at Gillette Ridge in Bloomfield.

The University of Connecticut Health Center is the only public academic medical center in the state of Connecticut.It is composed of the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, John Dempsey Hospital, the UConn Medical Group, UConn Health Partners, and University Dentists.

Fusco Corporation of New Haven, Conn., is Clark’s joint venture partner. The design team also includes HDR, Inc., Princeton, New Jersey, Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Centerbrook, Conn., Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, Boston, Desman Associates, Rocky Hill, Conn., and Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, New Haven, Conn.