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Plan For Husky Village
Released: June 24, 2005

Release #05048
Contact:
Karen A. Grava,
UConn Manager of Media Communications
840-486-5385 (office)

Elizabeth J. Wetzel
Director of Business Development
Capstone Building Corp.
205-803-5226(office)

STORRS, Conn.— The University of Connecticut and Capstone Building Corp. of Birmingham, Ala. have jointly announced that Capstone Building will remedy all remaining code deficiencies in the Husky Village residence hall complex by the opening of school in late August.

The work will be done by Capstone Building and will be inspected by UConn’s new Office of Fire Marshall and Building Inspector.

Under the terms of the agreement reached this week, the seven-building complex constructed in 2003, will be fully code compliant and ready for student occupancy by the start of the fall term.

“This solution accomplishes our goals: to have the facility fully code compliant when students return in the fall and to limit the University’s financial exposure,” said Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, vice president and chief operating officer. “It is most advantageous to the University and Capstone Building to forego litigation costs.”

Capstone Building was the builder of the Husky Village project, which late last fall the University discovered had fire and building code deficiencies.   While the state fire marshal verified that the violations were not threatening to health or safety, they are a serious concern to the University, which has required them to be fixed before the 301 students who live there occupy the building this fall.          

“Capstone Building has been working diligently to address the fire and safety code issues at Husky Village from the moment they were raised by the University,” said Jay Chapman, president of Capstone Building. “We are a national leader in the construction of student housing and we stand behind our work.”

With the assistance of two Connecticut firms with expertise in engineering and code compliance, UConn had designed an extensive corrective action plan to be implemented this summer.

However, Capstone Building worked with its architect and engineer, Centerbrook Architects and Planners, LLC and Consulting Engineering Services, Inc., who designed the student housing, to address the code issues.   Capstone Building’s and its design team’s proposal was reviewed and approved by UConn’s Architectural and Engineering Services, and the two Connecticut firms, URS Engineering and Pierz Associates.  

The work will be inspected throughout construction and after completion by UConn’s Office of Fire Marshal and Building Inspector, which is being staffed by seven people, including state-certified building inspectors, fire marshals and one person from the office of the state building inspector who is assigned permanently to UConn. UConn’s office was created in February to ensure that all fire and building codes are met on UConn construction of non-threshold buildings. Buildings which meet certain size and height criteria are considered by the state to be threshold projects and are inspected by the State Department of Public Safety’s Fire Marshal and Building Official.

Work to be completed includes enlarging stairwells to meet code requirements; providing ventilation in interior spaces and common areas; ensuring that flues are properly ventilated; and assuring that the fire rating in stairwells, between floors, and in mechanical and plumbing shafts meet State of Connecticut building and fire codes.

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