Campus History

The home of the University of Connecticut Health Center, located on top of a hill in Farmington, Connecticut, was the recommended site from about 40 locations around Hartford County. Located just minutes from I-84 and Route 9, the Health Center site, originally selected in June 1962, has been an impressive presence in the Farmington Valley. The 162 acre site is the home of the John Dempsey Hospital, the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine and the Lyman Stowe Library which are inter-dispersed amongst its 33 buildings. The design for the original structure was completed by Kling Partnership of Philadelphia after a competition in 1964.

During its construction, the Health Center was the largest building project by the State of Connecticut in its 347 year history. The original building project, started in May 1966, encompassed 1.2 million gross square feet (gsf). Today, the buildings on campus encompass 1.8 million gsf and the Health Center recently grew again with the recent completion the Medical Arts and Research Building. In addition to the structures on the campus, the Health Center is also located around the state in East and West Hartford, Simsbury and several locations around Farmington. With the recently approved 21st Century UConn funding, the Health Center will be adding a new 200,000 gsf research tower scheduled for completion in 2009.

Original Construction Photos

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UConn Health Center Site

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C Building

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John Dempsey Hospital

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Main Hospital Lobby

aerial view of the health center
Aerial View of UConn Health Center

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Campus Map Today