Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Meriden, Connecticut

  • FIRM

    JCJ Architecture


    Meriden Public Schools

  • AREA

    73,210 sq.ft.





The renovation and expansion of the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School responds to the need for additional educational space on a limited urban site. The major components include a complete interior renovation, three-story addition, replacement of all windows to change the scale and character of the building, and the addition of a pitched roof.

A pedestrian bridge ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$115.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation Sodom Brook and the surrounding wetlands to reach formerly abandoned land that now serves as a dropoff area and a ballfield. The bridge not only provides access across the brook, but also allows students a daily glimpse into an active wetlands habitat and connects two neighborhoods with a new pedestrian path. The bridge is bright red to recall a nearby landmark called the Old Red Bridge. The three-story addition takes advantage of the site slope in order to provide a lower level and space for a new cafeteria, media center, music room and art pavilion.

Bright-red exposed structure throughout the school provides a three-dimensional textbook for teachers and students as the building becomes a tool for learning.

Photographer: ©Robert Benson Photography