The $132 million Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) at UConn hit a construction milestone with the symbolic completion of its structural phase.

The goal of the building is to allow for greater public-private research collaboration. The 115,000-square-foot facility is intended to bring together academic researchers, entrepreneurs, and private industry scientists to develop technologies in flexible electronics, materials science, additive manufacturing, cybersecurity, energy, and other fields.

According to UConn Today, some of Connecticut’s leading corporations and industries are serving as anchor partners for the IPB, including the United Technologies Corp., Comcast, Pratt & Whitney, Eversource and Fraunhofer Inc.

The building will house one of the most advanced microscopy centers in the country as part of a partnership with the FEI Co., a worldwide scientific instrument maker. It also will provide industries and corporations access to more than $40 million in high-end research equipment. The building is expected to open in 2017, and will serve as the anchor for a future 300-acre UConn Technology Park.

Peter MorenusUConn Photo
Workers uncover a decorated beam and place an evergreen tree during the topping off ceremony of the Innovation Partnership Building.

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