International Magnet School for Global Citizenship|
Perkins Eastman Architects, DPC
422 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06901
South Windsor, Connecticut
Date Bid: June 2012 Construction Period: July 2012 to Jan
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.
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.
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,