Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School

Hartford, Connecticut

  • FIRM

    BL Companies


    Hartford Public Schools

  • AREA

    106,694 sq.ft.





The Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School is designed to the LEED platinum standard with a theme of energy and environmental responsibility.

The main addition to the school presented an opportunity to develop an environmentally focused children’s museum. The environmentally inspired spaces include ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$393.00FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation greenhouse, vivarium for raising live butterflies, planetarium for the digital projection of astronomical educational programs, and a fresh- and salt-water aquatics laboratory. A waterfall and pond in the lobby provide a complete ecological system.

The entire school is used as a teaching tool, including mechanical/electrical spaces, where observation windows are provided for students to learn about the school’s systems. State-of-the-art mechanical/electrical systems are integrated into this facility. Among the high-performance systems are a digital energy management system, CO2 sensors to control the introduction of outdoor air, thereby reducing energy consumption during periods of reduced occupancy, photovoltaic panels, a cogeneration plant that uses combustion exhaust to heat domestic hot water, and ultra-high-efficiency condensing boilers and water heaters.

High-efficiency lighting systems provide daylighting controls to reduce artificial illumination when there is sufficient daylight.