Inspired by the Community
The new 80,000-GSF Sandy Hook School opened in August 2016 with a capacity for approximately 500 students. The school’s design was inspired by the sense of community and natural beauty of Newtown and integrates healing elements of nature as they serve to foster an environment of learning, environmental stewardship, and community involvement.
The heart of the building, an open town square with breakout spaces and seating, features “tree trunks” running parallel to the lobby, and a second floor bridge running above, offering a spacious gathering spot.
Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the new school also benefits from new security standards developed by the State of Connecticut and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.