VHB assisted Richard Turlington Architects, Inc. with the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) Supplemental Utility Plant (SUP) critical utility infrastructure project. The SUP was constructed to support the increasing utility loads on campus, including those from a new science building. The SUP is powered by an extension of the utility tunnel from the Central Utility Plant, under the Hillside Road/Alumni Drive intersection and under the new STEM Research Center parking lot.
VHB supported the architect-led team by conducting traffic studies for the site access, traffic impacts, mitigation improvements and subsequent Office of State Traffic Administration (OSTA) Major Traffic Generator Approvals for the SUP. During the preparation of the traffic studies, VHB’s traffic engineers reviewed potential impacts and advised the University of need for improvements at a recently reconstructed intersection. VHB conducted field studies with the Fire Department apparatus to verify the recommendations in the traffic studies for extension of turn lanes and restriping of Hillside Road.