Location: West Haven, Connecticut
Area: 275,000 Square Feet
Completion: In Progress
Antinozzi Associates conducted a facility audit of this school site in 2009 through the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) for the West Haven School District and City of West Haven. Option 2, which became the leading option, would renovate only the gymnasium and auditorium areas. The remaining portions of the facility would be demolished to allow for a new central core of classrooms and support spaces. Based largely on our successful design, communication, and public relations efforts during this study, Antinozzi Associates was eventually selected to provide the design and construction administration services for the $124M project.
The existing 1963 school building combines one, two, and three story sections totaling almost 300,000 SF. In addition, the site accommodates an extensive athletic complex at the south end of the property. Occupied during the entire construction period, the majority of the new construction will occur in the common spaces – the auditorium, cafeteria, and gymnasium. The arts and music program spaces are included and will be accessible after hours by the public. By virtue of its adjacencies to the academic section, the common spaces will be isolated from the academic units to control unauthorized public spaces to student spaces. The media center, located above the main entrance, will serve as a primary focal point for the renovated facility and will align visually with the school’s athletic facilities.