JCJ Architecture has been selected as Architect for the expansion of the Grades 3 through 5 Meeting House Hill School and for the new High School project in New Fairfield, Connecticut. The project calls for additions to Meeting House Hill School to accommodate the Consolidated Early Learning Academy (CELA) for PreK-1 and for conversion of the existing facility to serve Grades 2 through 5. The new CELA will encompass approximately 44,000 square feet and the high school is planned to be 143,000 square feet of new construction.
"As a firm that specializes in design for education, we embrace the opportunity to apply our expertise in projects at both early childhood and high school levels," commented Peter G. Bachmann, AIA, Principal and Institutional Markets Leader for JCJ Architecture. "We are particularly eager to engage with stakeholders around aspects of the project that will meet the needs of this unique community. We feel strongly that a collaborative planning and design process will help us to maximize the Town's investment while delivering efficient, flexible, and dynamic schools that support the creation of learning communities and 21st century teaching and learning."
Following an earlier study where the existing High School and Consolidated Elementary Learning Academy were deemed to require replacement, the project received funding from the State and was approved by voters in 2019. In proposing schemes for consideration by the town's Permanent Building Committee, JCJ Architecture focused on ways to maximize use of the site, address vehicular circulation, incorporate sustainable principles, create community and collaboration-oriented spaces, and organize programs to maximize building and educational efficiency.
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