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  Tunxis Community College

Tunxis Community College - Building 600Architect

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

General Description

Location: Farmington, Connecticut
Date Bid: June 2005
Construction Period: Jan 2006 to July 2008
Number of Buildings: One.
Basic Construction Type: 2C/New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete,
slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Masonry, brick, CMU, wall panels.
Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Composite concrete, metal deck.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: 65 KBTU/SF/yr.
Building 600
Total Square Feet:
62,781 Site: 13 acres.
Building Size: First floor, 36,868; second floor, 25,913; total, 62,781 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’4”; second floor, 15’4”; total, 51’2”.
Building 700
Total Square Feet: 38,087 Site: 13 acres.
Building Size: First floor, 20,589; second floor, 17,498; total, 38,087 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’4”; second floor, 15’4”; total, 44’.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Macchi Engineers, LLC - 44 Gillett Street, Hartford, CT 06105
General Contractor: M.A. Angeliades, Inc. - 5-44 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Diversified Technology Consultants, Inc. - 2321 Whitney Avenue, #301, Hamden, CT 06518
Cost Estimator: Leach Consulting Company, LLC - 1010 Wethersfield Avenue, #306, Hartford, CT 06114
Construction Administrator: FIP Construction, Inc. 10 McKee Place, Cheshire, CT 06410

This project consists of 100,000 square feet of additions to the existing Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Conn. located at the intersection of Routes 177 and 6. The obstacles to overcome to bring the project to fruition were many. The Master Plan of 2001 identified the fact that the College's facilities in relation to its Full Time Equivalent Student Body were among the most inadequate of all the Community Colleges in New England.

The college, a former shopping mall, had limited space for expansion and the back of the college faced a bustling Rt. 6 and Rt. 177, making the College virtually invisible to the community. The architectural solution to these issues was to wrap the Rt. 6 and Rt. 177 sides of the campus with a dynamic new facility, which leverages form and transparency to create both a new sense of place for the college and a window into the college for the community.

The $26.5 million of addition to Tunxis Community College includes: 1) The "700" Building with a new stand alone library which has "state of the art" technology, ample attractive reading and study spaces to encourage students to stay on campus and interact with one another, a "sidewalk cafe" with casual dining options and opportunities to see and be seen, and a community meeting facility for 100+ people; and 2) The "600" Building a new structure with a lively facade facing Rt. 6 and wrapping the north and west side of the original college building provides classrooms, student services, offices, state of the art physics, chemistry, biology, dental, and art labs, as well as an art gallery and a "cyber cafe" facing the intersection. All of these spaces serve to more adequately support the College's mission. Large Expanses of glass at key circulation junctions within the facility provide tantalizing views into the heart of the college from the community.

The design also sought to create a "Sense of Place" that was inviting enough to keep students on campus, particularly through the use of comfortable "Informal Learning Spaces" located throughout the new addition.

The Tunxis Community College architecture draws on several local vernacular themes. The pitch roof forms relate to the buildings in the early industrial mills that defined the landscape of the Farmington River Valley. In addition, the building draws contemporary allusions to the Greek Revival forms of early New England Academia to create an architectural vocabulary that is rooted in tradition but is also contemporary in spirit, simultaneously warm and familiar in texture and feel but forward looking and energetic in execution. "Tunxis is the local Native American word for - Bend in The River" and this theme is played out in the shape of the addition, the canyon-like feel of the circulation spines and through lighting layouts and floor patterns.


DIV. 7: Metal Panels: Alucobond, Imetco; Metal Roofing: Imetco; Membrane: Carlisle.
DIV. 8: Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO Corporation; Window: Graham.
DIV. 9: Acoustical: Armstrong, USG.
DIV. 14: Elevators: ThyssenKrupp.
DIV. 22: Waterless Urinals: Falcon Waterfree; Plumbing Fixtures: Toto, Sloan, Mansfield.
DIV. 26: T-8 Bulbs: Philips; Daylight Harvesting Ballasts: Axis Ballasts.


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