June 09, 2005
Article: Primary School Features Green Design
The new Hamilton Avenue School, a pre-K through 5th grade facility now under development in Greenwich, Conn., illustrates the national trend toward sustainable design in educational facilities. The project is being designed by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA) with Atelier Ten providing high-performance building consulting services. When completed, the 73,000 sq.-ft. school will include 50,000 sq. ft. of new construction and 23,000 sq. ft. of re-used space. The exterior of the existing school, a historic 1938 brick and stone building with a slate roof and signature cupola, will be restored and its interior completely gutted and renovated. Below grade parking will be added, doubling the number of spaces without adding impervious surface area. In addition, adjacent playfields will be redeveloped into a new community park.