Hartford Times Building
- Melinda Miller, Principal Engineer
The University of Connecticut – Hartford Downtown campus serves over 3,000 students in the historic Hartford Times building and addition.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) hired ABD Engineering & Design to address the Room Acoustics, Noise Isolation and Speech Privacy, and Mechanical Noise Control throughout the project.
ABD followed the BIM (Building Information Modeling) process with the architect, other consultants, and contractors to maintain efficiency of planning and construction along the way.
Our work on the project included complete acoustical engineering and consulting for the entire structure of 6 floors plus basement mechanical spaces, divided between approximately 140-thousand SF of new construction and 90-thousand SF of historic preservation renovation. The completed project consists of the student center, commons, cafe, conference and meeting rooms, classrooms, the STEM program, study rooms, labs (including state-of-the-art computer labs), lounges, the President’s and Directors’ offices, along with department and administrative offices, and a Veterans’ Oasis lounge.
In April, 2018 the project was awarded a Connecticut Preservation Award of Merit from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. This award honors outstanding efforts in building preservation, enhancement of historic places as well as excellence in adaptive re-use of historic buildings, preservation of neighborhoods, and restoration of cultural landscapes.
The Hartford Times Building is an historic Beaux-Arts building in downtown Hartford, Connecticut built as the headquarters of the now defunct Hartford Times. The newspaper commissioned architect Donn Barber, who had designed the nearby Travelers Tower and Connecticut State Library and Supreme Court Building, to build it a new structure to house its office and newspaper plant. At the time the paper was at the height of its influence with the top circulation in the state in 1917.
Photo courtesy of UConn Today – Peter Morenus Jr.