September 16, 2016 – Bridgeport, CT – Antinozzi Associates completed the first new residence hall on the University of Bridgeport campus in several decades. University Hall is a sustainably-designed 57,716 s/f, four-story facility housing students in a variety of modern residential configurations.
In 2006, Antinozzi Associates prepared a feasibility study for the university to convert the original 10-story Schine Residence Hall, built in 1975, from a traditional dormitory plan into a contemporary residential facility. Four schemes were developed to illustrate a variety of living/learning configurations. Though the schemes transitioned the isolated three and four-bedroom plans with integrated common study and social interactive areas, cost factors per number of beds needed for future student growth required the university to consider building a new residence hall.
“This is a symbolic moment in history and new construction at the University of Bridgeport,” said vice president of facilities, George Estrada.
To meet these requirements, University Hall is designed to accommodate 231 students in 126 suites and traditional bedrooms units on a .86-acre site. The architectural style complements the University of Bridgeport campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.
This $17 million project included the demolition of the existing Schine Hall in April 2015 to make room for a 100 space parking lot on the 1.31-acre parcel.
Construction by KBE Construction Company of Farmington, began in May 2015 and was completed in July for the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.
Read the article in the New England Real Estate Journal.