Stamford Public Schools, Academy of Information Technology and Engineering

Stamford, Connecticut

The city’s requirements included a program for an information-technology specialty magnet high school, a 650-student facility for grades 9 to 12. This translates into 121,000 square feet per the state’s Bureau of School Facilities’ requirements.

The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford, Conn., is three stories, connected by a tapering ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY650COST PER SQ FT$314.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized main staircase in the atrium. It consists of 40 classrooms, five science labs, seven computer labs, a library/media center, exercise rooms, a gymnasium, dance studio, music suites, digital arts, an atrium, amphitheater and 350-seat cafeteria.

The challenge of the overall school design was to use the proper vocabulary of architecture, engineering and information technology to create a functional, sculptural school building that engages high school students. While they are satisfying the required curriculum, pupils are able to learn the fundamentals of construction by observing the immediate interior and exterior environment.

The engineering aspects of various areas were conceived to have the structural, mechanical, electrical and information-technology components exposed to view. This assists student learning because the building also is their guide.