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UCONN 2000 Program Earns Three Awards
(Released: August 5, 2002)

By Karen Grava, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- The UCONN 2000 program has earned three awards for the University of Connecticut this year.

University President Philip E. Austin has been awarded the Annual Distinguished Leadership Award of the Connecticut Architecture Foundation.

The award, given annually, honors an individual who has provided an improved environment for people in the state. "We feel it most fitting to recognize your leadership, particularly in view of the overwhelming success of the UCONN 2000 initiative," said Diane Harp Jones, a director of the 24-year old Foundation, during the award ceremony at the New Haven Lawn Club on June 11.

Accepting the award on behalf of the University and the Board of Trustees, Austin said "The state's investment in the University through UCONN 2000 and other programs gives us the means to create a state-wide campus worthy of the people of Connecticut, and we are delighted to see that our efforts have earned the Connecticut Architecture Foundation's favorable recognition."

Earlier this year, the Real Estate Exchange, a forum for women in commercial real estate, honored the University with the grand prize for "outstanding achievement and impact on the state of Connecticut" for its UCONN 2000 projects, which have renewed, enhanced and rebuilt the campuses of the University.

The award, which was accepted by Fred Hethcote, director of capital projects and contract administration, cited several UConn projects, including the School of Business building, the renovation of the former Waring chemistry building into a center for offices and classrooms for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the renovation of the Wilbur Cross Building into a student services center. The award also mentioned the Center for Excellence in Fuel Cell Research, the Gant Plaza, the Hilltop Apartments, the Hilltop suites, the Marine Sciences Center on UConn's Avery Point Campus in Groton, and the Litchfield Agricultural Center, located on the Torrington campus.

"The competition this year was fierce," said Lisa Sadinsky, chair of the public relations committee of the Real Estate Exchange. "All of the individuals involved in the UConn projects should be proud of their efforts and the well-deserved recognition this award provides."

The UCONN 2000 project was also responsible for another award this year. In the winter, the Energy Conservation Management Board awarded the University the 2001 Energy Conservation Award, commending UConn staff for "innovation in energy-efficiency initiatives." The award was presented during Conservation Day at the state Capitol. Signed into law in 1995, the UCONN 2000 program has saved the University, its students, and state taxpayers more than $24 million in energy costs.

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