Facilities management and campus planning provide in-house budgeting, design and management services for renovations and capital improvements. The team includes internal project team members as well as external architects, engineers, landscape design and many more. A primary goal for facilities management and campus planning is to remove the silos on campus and forge new paths using strategic integrated planning strategies. Whether it is capital projects, donor funded initiatives or internal project requests, the team is committed to aligning with the master plan and assisting the community in outlining and achieving the long term direction of Connecticut College.

Facilities management and campus planning is committed to establishing a setting in which Connecticut College transforms students' lives. Campus projects vary in aspects of the physical environment, such as academic facilities, open spaces and housing to meet the needs of our community. In collaboration with students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni, facilities management and campus planning is committed to building greater access, opportunity and equity through a variety of experiences.


Completed Projects

Career Office Renovation

Career Center

Fall 2019

Strengthening our already exemplary career program was a major priority of the , which called for situating career advising within Connections and bringing the Hale Center for Career Development to central campus. During the development of the new Campus Master Plan, several locations were discussed to achieve this objective. As the plan came together, it became apparent that the space on the first floor of Fanning formerly occupied by the and would be an ideal home for the career office. Thanks to a generous donation from a trustee, this project was completed Fall 2019.

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Palmer Auditorium Façade

Palmer Auditorium Renovation

Spring 2022

The Athey Center for Performance and Research at Palmer Auditorium is a hub of innovation, encouraging performance and dialogue on the critical issues of our time. The revitalized Athey Center promotes pioneering artistic production and research, attracts world-renowned artists-in-residence, fosters cross-disciplinary teaching and scholarship and helps to advance the work of Connections, Conn’s reinvention of liberal arts education. The renovated Athey Center ensures that the arts remain central to Conn’s liberal arts experience, a tradition that has earned the College’s arts programs national and international prominence.

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Revitalized Waterfront

Waterfront Revitalization Project

Fall 2022

On Oct. 21 the College officially opened its revitalized waterfront. The revitalized waterfront provides a first-rate athletic facility for the sailing and rowing programs, an outdoor classroom and living laboratory for marine science, environmental research and conservation, an expedition training area for Conn’s Outdoor Adventures program, and a vibrant recreational space for students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

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Bolles House Classroom

Bolles House

Summer 2022

Home to the Departments of Human Development and Education, Bolles House received major upgrades this summer. The project is nearing completion, and you can see landscaping and parking lot improvements along with a new fire escape and sidewalk. The House underwent a transformation with a new roof, new flooring, painting and new classroom furniture.

Bill Classroom

Classroom Updates

Summer 2022

Under the leadership of the Registrar's office, the College made improvements to more than 30 classrooms across campus, including new furniture, carpeting, painting and upgrades to whiteboards, chalkboards and AV.

Campus wide Landscaping Improvements

Fall 2022

At first arrival, visitors and the community will see a variety of campus wide improvements that include:

  • BigBelly smart waste and recycling stations
  • Pedestrian improvements on the south end of campus that include new sidewalks and lighting 
  • Bike racks custom designed by Artists For Humanity and standard bike racks

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Stark Center for the Moving Image in the Liberal Arts

Construction project timeline: Summer 2022-January 2023

With a generous gift by the Stark Foundation, a new home for film studies is underway in Hillyer. Students, faculty and staff will benefit from a new editing lab, seminar room, teaching and production space.

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Dayton Arena Locker Room Upgrades

Construction project timeline: Summer 2022-January 2023

New varsity men’s and women’s locker rooms along with coaches offices and enhanced visitor locker rooms.

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33 Gallows Renovation

Anticipated construction project timeline: January 2023-November 2023

The underutilized 33 Gallows building will be a redesigned space that allows for expanded teaching and office spaces for the arboretum, biology, botany and environmental studies.

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