Connecticut Education Restoration/Renovation

Construction Underway on Integrative Arts Lab at Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University's Integrative Arts Lab / Rendering courtesy of Bruner/Cott Architects

Middletown, CT – Designed as a new hub for artistic expression and collaboration, Bruner/Cott Architects’ 18,700sf Integrative Arts Lab is now under construction at Wesleyan University in Middletown.

A former Mohawk Manufacturing Company building located midway between Wesleyan’s main campus and downtown Middletown is being converted into the new arts lab. Situated at the corner of Hamlin and College streets and occupied by a series of previous tenants, the oldest structure on the site was constructed in 1850, with an addition built in 1922.

Performance space / Rendering courtesy of Bruner/Cott Architects

The new lab is designed to be a social hub that encourages community, collaboration, and conversation. Spaces within the building will be arranged to support students and encourage interdisciplinary work. The program includes those for visual and performing arts, as well as maker spaces and a flexible arts commons. Contemporary additions to the existing T-shape complex will expand the capabilities of the new facility, blending old and new.

Representatives of Bruner/Cott say the project will reinforce Wesleyan’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility; meet aspirational sustainability goals that prioritize conserving resources and limiting embodied carbon through building reuse; and include measures to ensure occupancy health and wellness.