Loomis Chaffee School, Clark Science Center

Windsor, Connecticut

  • FIRM

    Tecton Architects


    Loomis Chaffee School

  • AREA

    43,963 sq.ft.





The primary motivation for renovating the school is to resolve code, accessibility and functional issues in this 1969 facility; accommodate flexible teaching environments; ease class-scheduling constraints; and consolidate science and math departments under one roof. Because the school is privately run, ever-important fund-raising needs ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBVH Integrated Services; O&G IndustriesCOST PER SQ FT$225.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation “marketable,” tour-friendly designs and multifunctional public spaces.

Working closely with faculty, the architect created a combination lab/classroom concept that will have fewer rooms, avoid academic scheduling conflicts and allow for dedicated math classrooms. A new code-compliant secondary egress on the third floor via a new “Botanical Walk” will make this a valuable teaching tool.

Building systems and lab services are being gutted and replaced with modern, energy-efficient design, including new HVAC and lab exhaust with integrated controls, a new sprinkler and life-safety system, and classroom daylighting.

A cumbersome ramp system is being replaced with a new stair, elevator and main entry. Consequently, the public display/multifunctional lobby directly will serve a revitalized lecture hall—maximizing the school business investment.