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  CREC International Magnet School for Global CitizenshipCREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship


Perkins Eastman Architects, DPC
422 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06901

General Description

Location: South Windsor, Connecticut
Date Bid: June 2012 Construction Period: July 2012 to Jan 2014
Total Square Feet: 63,923 Site: 14 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 28 classrooms, seating capacities 20 per classroom, cafe/gymatorium 285 seats, gymnasium 130 seats.
Building Sizes: First floor, 15,992; second floor, 38,531; third floor, 9,400; total, 63,923 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 14’; third floor, 14’; total, 38’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade, elevated slabs. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane, metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Civil Engineer: BVH Integrated Services - 50 Griffin Road, S., Bloomfield, CT 06002
Construction Manager: Cutter Enterprises, LLC - 105 Industrial Park Road, Vernon, CT 06066
Cost Estimator: Leach Consulting Company, LLC - 128 Garden Street, Farmington, CT 06032
Landscape Architect: RGR Landscapes Architecture, PLLC - 115 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

The new design for the 69,000-square-foot, three-story facility nurtures and supports the education and development of 435 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The International Baccalaureate' Primary Years Programme serves as the school's curriculum and foundation for its day-to-day goals and mission. It prepares the children to become active, caring, lifelong learners, build respect for themselves and others, understand how the world works, and develop organizational skills and personal expression.

Situated on a 14-acre site, the school is located in a suburban area with nearby pockets of rural countryside. The building responds to the natural landscape with the use of warm façade and roof materials, and by following the grade contours of the site. Using the surrounding Connecticut vernacular architecture - barn and agricultural sheds - as an inspiration, the building is composed of brick exterior, topped by pitched, standing seam metal roofs.

The design revolves around a three-story media center and technology lab that anchors the heart of the school. It embodies the physical and philosophical representation of the globally connected curriculum. The three classroom wings, each dedicated to a specific grade level, and the administrative wing, fan out from this three-story hub. Ample glazing in each classroom provides visual access to both the surrounding landscape, and natural light. The theme of exploration is also expressed in the design using multiple display walls and casework to introduce interactive exhibits and shared student projects.

Art, music rooms, and community spaces, including the "blue box" hybrid cafeteria-theater-gymnasium, activate the public face of the building, while smaller-scaled grade-level "neighborhoods" that support the varying developmental needs of both the lower and upper elementary students, are located at the sides and rear of the site.

Equal emphasis was placed on the design of the outdoor learning and play environments as the internal classrooms. The site provides 8,173 square feet of outdoor playscapes to enhance creative play, promote motor skills, and increase interactive developmental recreation. The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten play areas are located adjacent to the classrooms. Two natural grass athletic fields complete the overall outdoor athletic facilities, which are also used by the local community. The site also provides access driveways for both school buses and automobiles, with parking support facilities. The older student playgrounds are accessed from a central point of the facility with different play zones for active group play and quiet group play.

Project Information
Roofing: Johns Manville, Petersen
Windows & Curtain Wall: Kawneer
Entrances & Storefronts: Technical Glass Products, Kawneer
Flooring: Tarkett, American Olean, Daltile, Roppe
Lighting: Daybrite, Finelite, Nulite, Guth, Omega, Gardco, Chloride

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