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  New Residence Hall, Suffield Academy

New Residence Hall, Suffield Academy, Page 36Architect

Du Bose Associates Inc., Architects
49 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105

General Description

Location: Suffield, Connecticut
Date Bid: Sep 2006
Construction Period: Dec 2006 to Aug 2007
Total Square Feet: 17,670 Site: 4 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement (Health Center), 5,890; first floor, 5,890; second floor, 5,890; total, 17,670 square feet.
Building Height: Basement (Health Center), 10’4”; first floor, 9’1”; second floor, 10’; roof ridge, 13’2”; Total, 42’7”.
Basic Construction Type: VB/New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, wood stud backup. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall. 

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Santo Domingo Engineering - 2074 Park Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Construction Manager: FIP Construction, Inc. - 10 McKee Place, Cheshire, CT 06410
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Aztech Engineers, Inc. - 40-D Weston Street, Hartford, CT 06120
Landscape Architect/Civil Engineer: Close, Jensen & Miller, P.C. - 1137 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT 06109

Suffield Academy, located in Suffield, Conn., is a 405-student boarding school, grades 6 through 12. The campus is situated on the picturesque Main Street, on the side of a hill. The palette of building materials consists of brick walls, sloped roofs with dormers and architectural elements echoing the Georgian style in the academic buildings and New England vernacular in the residence halls.

Designed to complete the Kotchen Quadrangle, a grouping of residence halls constructed in the mid 1990’s, this residence hall contains 15 double student bedrooms on two stories, to accommodate the school’s growing boarding population. Sited on the west side of a former open lawn, the building, in conjunction with its neighboring structures, creates a graciously proportioned quadrangle, which greatly enhances student residential life and campus curb appeal. Among the building’s amenities is a two-story student social room with a tall bay window opening to a view of forest and meadow to the west. Two generous apartments of two and three bedrooms, respectively, provide faculty oversight of the residence hall. Because the building is set into a hill, the lower level opens ongrade on the west side. This valuable “bonus” space has been outfitted as a new home for the campus health center.

Construction materials include concrete foundation walls and slab-on-grade; exterior walls are clad in split face concrete block at the lower level and in brick veneer at the two upper floors, with accent brick horizontal bands; the gable roof is architectural asphalt shingles; the interior floors are built with engineered wood joists and two layers of plywood deck; the interior walls are framed with wood studs. Wall and ceiling surfaces are painted gypsum board. Finishes include resilient floor tiles, carpet and, in the faculty apartments, hardwood floors; trim, sills, chair rails and baseboard are wood. The building is equipped with fin-tube baseboard heating throughout, radiant heating in the floor of the bathrooms and is fully sprinklered.


DIV. 4: Brick: Redland.
DIV. 8: Wood Windows: Marvin.

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