Torrington Middle School, High School & Central Administration Offices

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The new 310,000-sf building, being constructed on a 31-acre site within close proximity to the existing, occupied school, is designed with separate entrances and wings for central administration offices, a three-story middle school and four-story high school connected by common facilities at the main level, including a premier auditorium and performance stage, two separate dining rooms, two gymnasia, and support spaces for athletes.

Designed by SLAM, the building’s exterior features a modern curtainwall that infuses natural light and a brick façade that nods to the region’s rich beginning as an industrial leader. The interior spaces will foster hands-on learning in an environment that embodies the school’s mission – to provide students with a learning experience that will support their futures and careers.

Construction commenced in Fall 2022, with an occupancy date of February 2025. Demolition of the old building and construction of the new gymnasium and athletic fields will begin in March 2025, with a planned completion date of January 2026. The new structure is being built adjacent to the existing high school, which will remain operational during construction.

Project Progress Report – January 2024: Work proceeds as the focus turns on interior finishes in the High School. Drywall still leads the charge as taping follows closely behind in Building A. Building B is the farthest along as acoustical ceiling grids are being installed. The high school has received all its punch windows and now focus turns to the tall curtainwalls at the entrance and exterior radius. Kitchen hood installation had started, and metal framing is completed in the academic arts spaces near the auditorium. High MEP work in the auditorium ceiling continues before the scaffold is lowered for the next phase of work. On the outside of the building, the final detention basin was installed at the entrance of the courtyard. From here the site continues to be filled to get closure to final elevations. Some water main pipes have begun to be run to the building in hopes of connecting them in the coming weeks. O&G was the construction manager on the original school built in the 1960s.

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