Connecticut Juvenile Training School

Middletown, Connecticut

  • FIRM

    Kaestle Boos Associates


    State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families

  • AREA

    227,456 sq.ft.





Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families sought a supportive environment for 240 adjudicated youths at its new Connecticut Juvenile Training School. Security is a required background, not a dominating intrusion, into the multiple educational demands of the at-risk students who spend about a year in pre-vocational training.

Six buildings are nestled in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY240COST PER SQ FT$250.60FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized along the Connecticut River. Four housing buildings have full-view open areas and individual rooms. The school offers a range of educational opportunities. Classrooms have interior glass walls that allow a complete view of small classes. Sloped roofs and exterior walls of various colors of brick fit the New England setting.

The environment protects children and encourages behavioral change. Light penetrates the buildings, which are supported by restrictive acoustics, soft colors and a warm, functional setting. Durable materials can tolerate stress. Basketball courts attached to the building remind these youngsters that they will return to their neighborhoods, and reinforce the hope that careful attention to education and life-skills development will leave its mark on their lives.