Chatfield-LoPresti Elementary School


Location: Seymour, Connecticut
Area: 77,000 Square Feet
Completed: 2008

DESCRIPTION
In April 2008, the Chatfield Elementary School Building Committee (CESBC) retained Antinozzi Associates to provide a feasibility study including the conceptual design and costs associated with the needs of Chatfield School and its neighborhood.

THE SCHEMES
Educational specifications for ‘Scheme 1’ had been previously developed to meet increased student enrollment by providing additional classroom and program spaces. Additionally, the existing building and entire site would also be reviewed for improvements. Upon the results of a demographic report responding to the student enrollment over the next eight (8) years, the CESBC found that the growth in the town would be less than what was expected. Based on this finding, the CESBC requested a new ‘Scheme II’ option to study the possibility of combining Chatfield with another elementary school, LoPresti School, into one facility. The concept behind this combination would be to simultaneously address decreased enrollment and the pressing need to renovate or replace LoPresti School.

THE RESULT
The ‘Scheme II’ design option investigated and evaluated by Antinozzi Associates and our consultant team found many benefits to the Town and the two school communities, and the CESBC received unanimous approval from the Board of Selectmen to increase their charge to include this combined school option for consideration by the voters. The CESBC recommended this combined $32.5M school option for Seymour voters to decide in a referendum held in October 2008.

Due largely to our leadership and collaboration with the CESBC, numerous public relations efforts, and several community presentations, the referendum passed despite hard economic times.