Location: Norwalk, Connecticut
Area: 60,625 Square Feet
Completion: In Progress
The City of Norwalk hired Antinozzi Associates in late 2018 to conduct concept design studies for Jefferson Elementary School and Cranbury Elementary School. Both studies delivered designs specific to each location with sufficient cost data to provide a detailed cost estimate to serve as the basis for a future State grant application. Our firm was then hired to provide architectural services for the renovation of Jefferson Elementary School in 2019.
The school is built into a hillside with the main entrance at the east side of the lower level along Van Buren Avenue, and the upper level opening onto playfields and portable classrooms at the west side of the property. This project adds to and fully renovates the building, replaces all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the roof and window systems, reconfigures the interior, and provides Code-compliant accessibility throughout. The existing portable classrooms will be removed.
A new Gymnasium wing with a new entrance will be added at the upper level, removing this function from the existing multi-purpose space to alleviate scheduling and crowding issues. The proposed design separates bus traffic from parent drop-off with a new bus loop serving the site’s upper level. The new bus loop will be gated when not in use, and parent drop-off and public arrival to the school during the day is restricted to the main building entrance at the lower level. The adjacent south parking lot will accommodate visitors. The parking lot located on the parcel of land north of Grandview Avenue will be retained for faculty and staff parking.
Construction is set to begin in March of 2021 for this $33 million project.