Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is situated on a 316-acre New England campus in the heart of Connecticut. Home to more than 3,000 students, the historic liberal arts university is committed to resiliency, sustainability, and modernization across campus with an overall goal to be carbon free by 2050. VHB has supported Wesleyan in its campus-wide revitalization efforts for more than a decade and continues its partnership as the University progresses towards its goal.
VHB has served as an integral team member on several projects at the University, with some of the more notable being the 65,000-square-foot addition to the Freeman Athletic Center, stormwater management and drainage repairs, as well as a multi-phase utility system upgrade, where the entire campus will be converted from an inefficient steam heat system to a new energy efficient hot water system. VHB also played a key role supporting the University as it completed the first microgrid in Connecticut.
As part of a design team, VHB provided civil engineering design and permitting support to the design and development of a new $255 million state-of-the-art science building. The new 185,000-square-foot facility will house teaching, research, support and office spaces for biology, molecular biology & biochemistry (MB&B), and chemistry, as well as general purpose classrooms, a vivarium, and the College of the Environment. The building has been designed to be an open, energy-efficient, and inclusive space that welcomes innovation and collaboration.
VHB is committed to offering an integrated services approach to advancing Wesleyan’s long-term sustainability and campus master plans, which includes providing field surveying, site and civil design, transportation planning, parking analysis, and local and state permitting.