Storrs, CT

University of Connecticut, Family Studies Building


Home to the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Lu’s Café, the Family Studies Building at the University of Connecticut features ornamental limestone cornices and window surrounds, mass brick masonry walls, slate and single-ply membrane roofs, and copper gutters.  The steel-framed, single-paned windows were part of the original circa 1950 construction.  SGH developed a window replacement program that preserved the original appearance of the building while improving the windows performance.

A primary goal of the project was to upgrade the existing windows to achieve better energy efficiency and durability.  For this project, SGH:

  • Investigated window performance, attachments, and flashing
  • Recommended new windows, window flashing, and steel lintels
  • Identified window types, features that optimized performance, and manufacturers that offered cost-effective options
  • Specified replica aluminum windows with insulated glass and thermal breaks that minimized conduction of temperature between the inside and outside of the frames
  • Reviewed concept and shop drawings, tested a mockup window installation, and conducted periodic site visits
  • Designed gutter and downspout repairs, masonry restoration, roof replacement, and chimneys upgrades

Project Summary



Completion Date
Repair & Rehabilitation | Preservation
Building Enclosures
Kagan Architecture and Planning
Specialized Capabilities
Condition Assessments | Preservation

Key team members

Michael Louis
Michael Louis
Senior Principal
Joshua Kivela
Joshua Kivela