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Cranbury Elementary look unveiled

A rendering of the proposed new Cranbury Elementary School, shown to the Common Council Land Use Committee by Michael LoSasso of Antinozzi Associates on Wednesday.

NORWALK, Conn. — The new look for Cranbury Elementary School is developing.

“We kept most of the building, in terms of aesthetics-wise, very simple” for budgetary purposes, Building and Facilities Manager Alan Lo said Wednesday to the Common Council Land Use Committee. The most expensive part is the front of the building, with glass on the entrance façade and the cafeteria.

The Common Council approved a $45 million capital budget expense for a new Cranbury Elementary School in 2020. The State is reimbursing $10 million of that.

A conceptual estimate should be ready mid-month, and the project will go out for bid in February or March, Jim Giuliano of Construction Solutions Group, the city’s project manager for new school construction, said.

It’s a conceptual design of “interesting massing that necessarily doesn’t spend money on fenestration of the building,” Lo said. The abundant glass will be break resistant glazing for all the windows within six feet of ground level and bullet resistant glazing for the main entrance, Michael LoSasso of Antinozzi Associates said.

This is a view from the eastern side of the proposed new Cranbury Elementary School,
Michael LoSasso of Antinozzi Associates said Wednesday. The windows at left are a cafeteria and there’s a library in the rear.

The benches shown at left would be an outdoor classroom at the proposed new Cranbury Elementary School, Michael LoSasso of Antinozzi Associates said Wednesday. This uses the natural topography.

4 comments

piberman July 9, 2021 at 12:55 pm

Was any thought given to making the new Cranbury School into an emergency shelter with back up generators/heating/water supply to serve the larger community ?

Was any thought given to designing the parking field so that school buses discharging/waiting for students would be parked a good distance from the building to dissipate their exhausts ?

Was any thought given to upgrading the athletic field which has deteriorated noticeably ?

Was any thought given to making the new school energy independent with solar and battery power installations on its roof ?

Unlike our other public schools Cranbury has ample land. Here’s an opportunity for a City show piece employing newest environmental technologies. Imagine if the new school even had a community meeting room large enough to hold major events ?

Justin matley July 9, 2021 at 9:39 pm

To answer some of the comments here.

The building will exist at approx 9:00 if looking at the current building. It’ll be facing 3:00. More or less perpendicular. This places it on the current softball field and tennis courts.

Piberman:

It is aiming to be at least partially energy dependent, last I heard, with the goal to send power generated from solar to the school and back to the grid.

It will create two separate loops that feed drop offs and pickups, so exhaust will be much more dissipated. It will also be far safer for students and parents, and create much less congestion on Knowalot.

Between the loop will be a brand new softball/baseball field.

Almost all of this info and more is publicly available in the design presentation recording on the BOE YouTube.

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