May 9, 2019 – For Antinozzi Associates, public school design has been a major component of our success as an architecture and interior design firm. Our use of new technology to design effective school learning environments has grown exponentially, and the building itself must be designed in a way that facilitates delivery of the best technology. Libraries and media centers are often the cornerstone of an educational facility, so these elements have been the focal point in the design of all our school projects. A school environment should attempt to have the qualities of home such as comfort, security, and warmth. It should also have inspirational qualities to uplift and cultivate a creative attitude. The same is true of libraries.
Stratford High School – Stratford, CT
Currently under construction, this 170,000 SF facility is being outfitted with state-of-the-art technology in the media center as well as all classrooms, labs, and special education, art, music, and faculty workrooms. The media center, meeting spaces, lecture halls, auditorium, and band room will also be accessible to the community during non-school hours.
West Haven High School – West Haven, CT
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. 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.
Harding High School – Bridgeport, CT
The new construction of a 208,000 SF school facility in 2018 included state-of-the-art computer labs, virtual and traditional science labs, a graphics lab, music rooms, art classrooms, a new mentor program area, and additional educational and athletic spaces. The $80M construction budget featured a state-of-the-art performance auditorium and media center spaces.
Orville Platt High School – Meriden, CT
Completed in 2017, this 1950’s facility was in dire need of renovation and expansion to bring the school up to the standards of a modern, 21st Century educational facility. A new media center was part of this $112M project built in four major phases beginning in 2013.
Eli Whitney Technical High School – Hamden, CT
Completed in 2017 as part of the State’s plan to modernize its technical high schools, this facility underwent extensive renovations and additions – all while being occupied during construction over four phases. The $87M project included the central relocation of its new library media center.
Roosevelt Elementary School – Bridgeport, CT
Completed in 2015, this new school was designed to replace the aging, outdated school building bearing the same name. With 600 PreK-8 students, the $35M project also serves as a new community center with multiple age play areas and a state-of-the-art media center and performing arts space.
Oxford High School – Oxford, CT
This new $44M high school was designed to house 800 students with the capacity to use portions of the facility for community purposes. The library occupies the upper level of the rotunda above the prominent main entrance at the building’s center – serving as a cultural beacon representing the school’s high academic standards.