The University of Connecticut’s Student Health Services is slated to receive a new space by about 2018, and meetings with architecture firms could begin within the next six months, director Michael Kurland said.
Plans to construct a new infirmary have been in limbo for the last few years. It has been a listed project under the university’s UConn 2000 construction and renovation plan for over 10 years, but funding from the recently-approved $1.5 billion Next Generation Connecticut initiative and Student Health Services’ own revenues have expedited the ongoing approval process for a new space, Kurland said.
Construction of the University of Connecticut Health Center branch in Storrs Center will be completed by December, according to the Mansfield Downtown Partnership.
The UConn Health Center – whose main branch, the John Dempsey Hospital, is located in Farmington – will provide UConn, Mansfield residents and visitors to Storrs Center access to various medical services including urgent care, orthopedics, cardiology, dermatology, radiology, occupational medicine, family medicine, OB/GYN and psychiatry services.
Tuition increases at the University of Connecticut are increasing the financial burden on students as the university seeks to expand its faculty.
Since 2012, UConn has hired 188 new full-time, tenure-track faculty and professors-in-residence.
The university began instituting tuition increases in 2012-13 to offset the costs of the faculty hiring plan initiated that same year, a plan which will bring a net total of about 300 new faculty to the Storrs campus by 2015.