New Beginnings Family Academy

Location: New Beginnings Family Academy in Bridgeport, Connecticut
Area: 54,000 Square Feet
Completed: 2006

New Beginnings Family Academy is a public charter elementary school serving students and families in a full day K-8 program. The school is for students in the City of Bridgeport as well as eight other towns around the region – enrollment is based on a lottery system.

The school is a 53,000 SF extensive renovation and redesign of the former Kennedy Center building on Garden Street. The aggressive one year schedule for the grade school was completed for the start of school in September 2006. The biggest challenge of the project was fitting a contemporary educational program into an existing industrial-type space.

This project is a perfect example of adaptive reuse of a building in a way that gave the entire neighborhood a hand in revitalization.