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Along the Waterfront

A $1 million leadership gift is transforming Conn’s riverfront

Jess Archibald

A $1 million leadership gift from champion rower, Athletics Hall of Fame member and Conn trustee Jessica Archibald ’95 is transforming Conn’s waterfront along the mighty Thames River.

“Our waterfront is a tremendous asset, but we haven’t been taking full advantage of it,” said Dean of the College Victor Arcelus. “This project is changing the relationship between the campus and the waterfront in a way that will benefit the entire community.”

The Waterfront Revitalization Project, a goal of both the College’s strategic plan and Conn’s Action Plan for Competitive Success, will further develop the College’s terraced property and provide new spaces and facilities for sailing, rowing and recreation, as well as marine science.

With the gift from Archibald, who serves as managing director and a member of the Investment Committee and Management Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners, the College is completing the first phase, which includes a new floating dock system for sailing, as well as a new roadway, sidewalks and lights.

Also planned in the near future is an addition to the Athletic Center, which will include new spaces for strength and conditioning and sports medicine, a new squash center, offices and event spaces, and stadium seating for 500 overlooking the Lyn & David Silfen Track and Field. Future phases will include a new waterfront center to support sailing, rowing, marine science and outdoor recreation; a second turf field; and an event plaza.

“The goal is to introduce our students to this wonderful natural resource and open up this beautiful piece of property to the entire community for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, and other recreational, educational and research opportunities,” said Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education Mo White.

“The riverfront is now a wonderful, safe and inviting place for our students, faculty and staff to learn to sail, go for a walk, or just sit and unwind.”

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