The University of Connecticut’s most heavily used classroom building will soon get its second wind, thanks to a renovation project intended to ensure UConn has adequate, appropriate space for its growing faculty.
The Board of Trustees has approved a project to update the Jaime Homero Arjona building, constructed in 1959 with the neighboring Henry Ruthven Monteith building, as part of UConn’s response to an enrollment influx due to the GI bill after World War II and the Korean conflict.
Arjona, once considered for demolition and replacement, will instead be renovated in coming months to resolve structural, mechanical, and electrical problems attributable to its age and heavy use over the past five decades. The updated building will be used to provide office space that is increasingly needed as part of the University’s four-year plan to hire 275 additional tenure-track faculty members.
The work is expected to add at least another 10 years of life to the building, which got a new roof in 2009 and has had other repairs as needed over the decades. However, it still requires electrical updates, modernization for handicap accessibility and fire code standards, and weather-stripping and caulking around windows to increase its energy efficiency, as well as other updates.