STORRS — The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees on August 5 unanimously endorsed plans for a new multi-story research building, a large housing complex for science, engineering and math students and a 3,400-foot road extension to link the Storrs campus’ technology park with Route 44.

“Today is really the culmination of all the planning all the work around scientific progress at the university,” UConn President Susan Herbst said.

Science, engineering and medicine are the most expensive fields to invest in because of the highly specialized research equipment they need, said UConn President Susan Herbst in a statement. “But the big picture is that UConn has to boost its research performance,” she said. “There’s no other way to get ahead.”

These projects either are part of “Next Generation Connecticut,” a ten-year, $1.5 billion expansion plan to develop UConn into a leading research university and innovation hub.

A central component of Next Gen involves $162.3 million for what officials have dubbed an “innovation partnership building.” It involves 112,000 square feet in a new, multi-story research building to house cooperative research efforts between UConn students and faculty and private businesses.