Edgewood Avenue K-8 Arts Magnet School

New Haven, Connecticut

  • FIRM

    Svigals + Partners

  • CLIENT

    New Haven Board of Education

  • AREA

    30,461 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $8,940,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    9/1999

This project consists of the transformation of an existing 18,000-square-foot, 1911 school building for grades K to 5, its 1957 addition, and a 30,000-square-foot expansion. By retaining the 1911 landmark building and demolishing the 1957 addition, the old school was celebrated and embraced by a new addition on either side. It has become the jewel in the crown of an ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$133.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation K-8 magnet school.

The classrooms in this arts magnet school are in conventional rectangular rooms with half-round bay windows. Their placement in a gentle arc gives each classroom a unique orientation from the entrance hallway and in the views from the room to the outside. In this way, each year a child has a new home. The room plan is flexible, allowing the teacher to reconfigure it as needed.

The unique artistic details—sculpted faces scattered on the school’s facade, leaf patterns in the floor, abstract trees gracing the entranceway—enliven the school’s learning environment and reflect the surroundings of neighboring Edgewood Park.

The scope of the project encompasses site planning, programming, total mechanical and electrical upgrades, code and accessibility compliance, new vehicle access and parking, and full architectural design and contract administration, including interior design and furnishings selection.

Note: Total cost includes furniture, equipment, professional-service fees, abatement); Cost/square foot includes construction only.

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