Sen. Witkos Joins UConn to Celebrate New Construction Milestone

June 2, 2016

Hartford – Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton), ranking member of the state’s Higher Education Committee, joined fellow lawmakers and officials to applaud a construction milestone for the University of Connecticut’s new Innovation Partnership Building in Storrs. Tuesday marked the symbolic completion of the structural phase of the new building which will focus on STEM program development.

The $132 million Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) will allow for greater public-private research collaboration. The 115,000-square-foot facility is bringing together world-class academic researchers, business entrepreneurs, and private industry scientists to develop innovative technologies in flexible electronics, materials science, additive manufacturing, cybersecurity, energy, and other fields. Already, $85 million in private dollars has been pledged for the IPB.

The topping off ceremony for the Innovation Partnership Building on May 31, 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
Left to Right: UConn Provost Mun Choi, State Representative Joe Aresimowicz, State Senator Kevin Witkos, Senior Vice President of Skanksa USA Al Gogolin, former state senate president pro tempore Don Williams, UConn President Susan Herbst, State Senator Mae Flexer, State Representative Gregg Haddad.

State Senator Kevin Witkos speaks during the topping off ceremony of the Innovation Partnership Building on May 31, 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Sen. Witkos addresses the crowd celebrating the project advancement.