Consigli Construction has built its share of schools, but none quite like the school it is set to help unveil Friday in Newtown, Conn.
It’s a new Sandy Hook Elementary School, a replacement for the school where 20 students and six teachers were shot and killed in 2012. And it’s an important step forward for a town that’s been traumatized by violence.
Milford-based Consigli served as construction manager on the $50 million school, which will open this fall and serve about 500 students from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. The company has built new schools in Dedham, Needham, and Sharon and renovated Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. But the Sandy Hook project, said president Matt Consigli, was a little extra special.
“We were humbled to have been selected,” said Consigli, who will be on hand for the building’s unveiling Friday. “We really appreciated the fact that we were able to play a role and contribute to something that means so much in this community.”
Consigli worked alongside architects Svigals + Partners to help design the building, an 88,000-square-foot, two-story school with large windows, three wings of classrooms, and a pair of “treehouse spaces” set on a green site around protected courtyards and an amphitheater. A hardwood “rainscreen” wraps the outside, and a sort of “Main Street” hallway runs through its center, a design the architects say arose from community workshops.
Consigli ran the $39.6 million construction contract, with five people in its Hartford office working on the project full time, managing subcontractors, with others helping from headquarters. They finished the construction on time, turning over the building earlier this summer, and are wrapping up finishing touches ahead of the start of the school year.
Friday is an unveiling for press and other interested outsiders, with a quiet opening for the school community itself when classes start next month.
It’s a gorgeous building, Consigli said, and hopefully the sort of place that can help a community continue to heal.
“We all sort of know the importance of a project like this,” he said. “And we all worked together to make sure it was successful.”
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