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
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.”
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.
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.