Cranbury Elementary School

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Designs Revealed for Norwalk's Cranbury Elementary School

Location: Norwalk, Connecticut
Area: 63,740 Square Feet
Design: In Progress
Deliv. Method: CM at Risk

In November of 2018, Antinozzi Associates was awarded the commission to conduct a Conceptual Design Study for Cranbury Elementary School. The primary goal of this study was to investigate improvements and added space desired by the Board of Education, in order to provide a specific conceptual design and preliminary scope cost estimate in support of a Grant Application submission to the State. In 2020 we were awarded the next phase of this $45M project to provide the architectural design services for a new facility at Cranbury Elementary School.

It was originally the desire of the District to make improvements to the existing facility, but due to the age and condition of the building a new facility was later considered. One of the initial improvements made was to modernize and expand dining services, requiring an addition to accommodate a separate kitchen. The District also desired to replace the windows and Building Management Systems, upgrade the electrical system, renovate the library, and add central air conditioning. Reconfigured space also included a new special education classroom.

Our feasibility study found a pathway to replace nearly the whole school through phased construction while keeping the facility occupied. The first phase introduces a new cafeteria and kitchen space similar to the addition suggested in our first study for smaller-scope improvements. In the second phase, a two-story academic building would be constructed to the south and connected to the existing multi-purpose space via a new media center. After these new phases are complete, the existing academic wings would be removed, and a bus loop, separate from parent parking and entry, would be constructed to the north.