Francis Walsh Intermediate School

Location: Francis Walsh Intermediate School in Branford, Connecticut
Area: 169,000 Square Feet
Completion: 2021

Antinozzi Associates, a leader in K-12 School design, is proud to announce the successful close of the firm’s Francis Walsh Intermediate School project. Originally constructed in 1970, the existing building was approximately 191,000 SF and located on 29 acres. In 2016, Antinozzi Associates was awarded the commission to provide design and construction administration services to alter 30% of the existing structure and replace 70% of the facility with a new academic addition.

This $88M alteration and extension project was subdivided into a commons building (existing) and an academic building (new). The commons building, consisting of approximately 53,000 SF of renovated and repurposed existing space, now contains the school’s administration offices, school nurse’s office, the school-based health suite, and athletic facilities including the natatorium and auditorium. The new academic building, comprised of the three-story 116,000 SF addition, consists of shared classrooms, art classrooms, and instructional / life-skills spaces for special education. The addition’s first floor also incorporates the cafeteria, kitchen, and service space for the technology workshop and storage.

Intermediate-level education is supported by a 21st Century learning philosophy. Students of similar grades are divided into teams A and B. The team-based classrooms are “clustered” to facilitate supervision and student support. Each cluster consists of four standard classrooms (world language, English, social studies and math) with a dedicated science room and an open common instruction space.

Construction of the school was phased and classes remained in operation throughout the construction process.