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December 15, 2022

Quinnipiac Univ. receives final approval for $293M South Quad project

Contributed A rendering of the South Quad project.

Quinnipiac University has received final approval to construct three buildings – a new school of business, an academic building and a residence hall – at its Hamden campus, part of the school’s controversial South Quad project.

Construction is expected to begin this winter, with the new buildings opening during the 2024-25 academic year, the school announced Thursday, 

The $293 million project includes an academic building, which will span about 142,000 square feet, along with an 80,000-square-foot business school and 417-bed residence hall for first-year students. They will be the first new standalone buildings constructed on campus since the early 1990s.

In November, the Hamden Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zone change designating the roughly 30-acre property as a Planned Development District, which gave the university more flexibility.

Some residents objected to the change, with some saying that the buildings should be more spaced out and others mentioning environmental concerns during a public hearing Nov. 21.

On Tuesday, the commission approved the final site development plan, the last step before work can begin.

“This is a great example of our community’s shared vision for the future,” said Bethany Zemba, vice president for strategy and community relations for the university. “So many people have participated in conversations — from the development of our master facilities plan to working with the Planning and Zoning Commission.”

The Quinnipiac Board of Trustees approved the project in January. Construction will be funded through a combination of the university’s endowment, philanthropic efforts and debt financing.

The school of business will include an innovation hub as an incubator to build and test new ideas; a financial technology center where students will use cutting-edge trading platforms, investment tools and data systems; faculty offices; and flexible lecture and event spaces that can seat up to 150 people for large and small gatherings, according to the school. 
Quinnipiac said the buildings will be constructed with the environment in mind, and each will be LEED certified.

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