East Hartford, CT – United Steel Inc. has completed the majority of structural steel work for University of Connecticut’s Innovation Partnership Building (IPB), the first project in the new Technology Park endeavor. The steel component of the 115,000sf structure was crucial for compliance with IPB’s high engineering tolerance levels necessary to accommodate advanced research laboratories.
Once completed in 2017, the IPB will house more than $40 million in highly specialized research and testing instrumentation and equipment to develop new technologies in energy, electronics, materials science, additive manufacturing, microscopy, cybersecurity, and other fields.
UConn hosted a topping-off ceremony on May 31 to mark the end of the structural phase of the $132 million project. The event was attended by state officials as well as financial supporters and future tenants including United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, Eversource Energy, GE, and Comcast.
“This is an extremely unique project built around very exacting steel work,” said Keith Corneau, executive vice president at United Steel. “Since the building will be used for a wide variety of research and testing, its tolerance levels were challenging. The steel structure makes everything else in this building possible – so we are especially glad to be chosen for this work and to be a part of this innovative project.”