New London High School
LOCATION: New London, Connecticut
AREA: 264,000 SF
COMPLETION: November 2023
The New London High School is now an Inter-district magnet school attracting students from surrounding communities. The $108M project houses 1,775 students in grades 6-12 following three academic pathways: STEM, Visual and Performing Arts, and International Baccalaureate.
An 80,000 SF addition that was designed in front of the existing school improves the curb appeal along Jefferson Avenue. This addition includes a new front entrance to the school, an expanded arts program with dance, choral, and band spaces, and new administrative offices.
The remainder of the existing building was fully renovated and includes a new cafeteria and kitchen converted from the former pool area, a new space for the culinary arts education program, a renovated auditorium, and a renovated gymnasium complete with ADA-compliant locker rooms. The existing walls and general layout remained the same but the work included all new finishes and an entirely new envelope and MEP/FP infrastructure.
Since the school remained fully occupied during construction, a phased construction plan allowed for swing space while the existing building was renovated. The first phase was the construction of the new parking lot, bus loop, parent drop-off on the southern side of the existing school. Phase two was the new addition with renovations to the existing Gymnasium Building. The final Phase was the renovation of the academic building. The school was designed in accordance with the State of Connecticut’s High Performance Building Standards.