Located in the University of Connecticut’s Technology Park, the new Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) will be a place of discovery and development — a vibrant hub where industry leaders and business entrepreneurs collaborate with university students and faculty. The project will serve as a magnet for innovation and a powerful engine for economic growth in the region and beyond.
Conceived as a “machine in the garden,” the building will stand in striking contrast to its bucolic setting as its strong concrete and metal-clad forms stretch into the landscape. The IPB’s bold structural solution celebrates both nature and the spirit of technology by “floating” the upper lab volume to frame views of woodlands and distant hills. Freeing the ground plane in this manner, the landscape becomes a continuum from the entry plaza to courtyard and perimeter forest walking trails.
The IPB’s organization and siting were informed by the diverse program’s varied and stringent requirements. There will be three primary zones: tenant wet and dry labs; a high-bay manufacturing and additive materials wing; and an advanced characterization wing. This advanced characterization lab will be the foremost microscopy facility in the United States, enabling analysis of materials at atomic scales. These facilities will be supported by a network of indoor and outdoor social spaces designed to encourage intellectual collisions and multidisciplinary collaboration.
The lobby, which connects the tenant labs to the specialty labs, will accommodate events and exhibitions showcasing the groundbreaking work being undertaken in the building and the Technology Park at large. By attracting blue chip and start-up companies alike, and fostering partnerships between academia and industry, the IPB will facilitate the next generation of technological advancements.