Modern School Revitalizes Neighborhood

Jonathan E. Reed Elementary School

Waterbury, Connecticut

Schools can enhance their neighborhoods and communities, and the construction of Jonathan Reed Elementary School is no exception. This new, modern elementary school has helped revitalize its distressed community and improved the neighborhood appeal by providing a bright, airy and safe environment for 550 children living in the City's North End community.

 

The school was designed to accommodate a large group of "walkers" rather than bus students. The 100-foot diameter plaza serves as a front porch for the children who walk to school, and as a gathering place for neighborhood events.

 

Key elements of this project include a circular entry plaza and a glass entry joining the two main building blocks. In addition to two classrooms per grade, the facility contains a gymnasium, cafetorium, media center, administration offices, and service spaces available to the community after school hours during the year.

Architect

Svigals + Partners

 

Size / Cost

76,000 SF / $24.5 million

 

Award

2014 International Masonry Award

 

Services

Mechanical, electrical, plumbing/fire protection

and technology