Connecticut Education

Hartford HealthCare Expands Education Ctr.

Fuss & O’Neill and Tecton Recognized

Hartford, CT – Fuss & O’Neill and Tecton Architects recently joined Hartford HealthCare in a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the expansion of the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) at Hartford Hospital. The event recognized the contributions of the project team, program leadership, corporate donors, and community representatives in completing this major Connecticut project.

Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation / Robert Benson Photography

CESI is the largest simulation teaching facility in New England and a top tier facility globally.  The new 47,000sf, three-story addition provides programs in medical/surgical patient rooms using hi-fidelity mannequins, de-briefing classrooms and wet tissue lab training, with designed program expansion of additional robotic training, virtual reality and lap box training. The facility has been a positive economic contributor in Hartford, attracting nearly 11,000 regional and national medical professionals to the City each year.

Fuss & O’Neill provided civil engineering services for the design, permitting, and construction phases of the project. The proposed building addition occupied the majority of the site and included a tunnel providing vehicular access to the street. Fuss & O’Neill designed the site utilities, which were routed through the tunnel and required relocating an existing sewer main.

Tecton Architects designed the original facility and collaborated with Fuss & O’Neill and Hartford Hospital on the expansion. The team’s design supports the program’s significant volume of high-tech equipment, considers the educational needs of the medical community, and integrates Hartford HealthCare’s vibrant signature branding. The phased, multi-year renovations were completed while the existing facility remained occupied, and necessitated extensive coordination to manage a busy urban site and active class and lecture schedules.


Vice President of Fuss & O’Neill, Craig Lapinski, PE, LEED AP says “The design team was challenged to accommodate the entire CESI training center program on a tight site located in an urban environment.  Through teamwork we were able to make everything work.  I couldn’t be happier with the final results.”

“The expansion of CESI is an investment in our future, not just for our hospital and our healthcare system, but for the city and for the State of Connecticut” said Dr. Stuart Markowitz, president of Hartford Hospital and senior vice president of Hartford HealthCare’s Hartford region.

The project team was also recently honored by the Connecticut Real Estate Exchange, receiving the Best in Class Healthcare Blue Ribbon for their work.