Middlesex Middle School

Darien, Connecticut

  • FIRM

    JCJ Architecture

  • CLIENT

    Darien Public Schools

  • AREA

    175,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $21,300,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2000

This project transformed a school that had been developed for departmentalized education to the needs of middle school teaming. New and existing classrooms were organized into various groupings, each containing a science lab with four to five classrooms. These groupings share team planning and meeting areas in order to provide casual yet supervised settings ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$122.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio small-group work and informal faculty conferencing.

A new library/media center provides a focus for the school and is visible from many areas of the building. Developed as a result of meetings with parents and staff, the entry rotunda provides an area for community activity, as well as student events. It has hosted events ranging from college-level productions of Shakespeare to hot-air balloon experiments, and is the permanent home of the Message Center, a volunteer information desk that was a fixture in the original school. Circulation has been reorganized to provide clear paths to all areas and eliminate the dead-end halls that caused internal traffic congestion.