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Naramake addition ‘substantially completed’

Building and Facilities Manager Alan Lo
Norwalk Building and Facilities Manager Alan Lo, center, shows off the new classrooms under construction at Naramake Elementary School.

NORWALK, Conn. – Four classrooms have been added to Naramake Elementary School.

Construction on the $4.4 million addition began in November and is scheduled to be “substantially completed,” obtaining a Conditional Certificate of Occupancy, in time for school opening, Norwalk Building and Facilities Manager Alan Lo said.

Norwalk is expected to get a $1.2 million reimbursement from the state, Lo said. 

At right, the old part of Naramake; at left, the new.

The project consists of:

  • A four-classroom building addition, with storage space below.   Below the classrooms is storage space for NPS systemwide storage
  • Renovation of the existing children’s bathrooms along the main corridor to make them ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant
  • An ADA-accessible lift to stage
  • ADA accessibility site improvements
  • Parking lot layout and student drop-off improvements
  • Boilers and boiler room equipment replacement, including the installation of a building energy management system for boiler room equipment
  • Abatement of asbestos floor tiles in the hallways.

Common Council members recently toured the addition. Lo told them the storage under the new classrooms is not accessible from the inside and is for the entire school system, not just Naramake. It was possible because of the grade change on the property, which necessitated building a foundation wall anyway.

Council members were surprised to learn that the new boilers aren’t really much more efficient than the old ones. If they were gas boilers, they would be, Lo said. But the distance of the boilers from the road made connecting to the Yankee Gas main cost-prohibitive, he said. In addition, the pipeline that they would connect to wasn’t very big, Lo said.

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Norwalk Common Council members and two other guests get a look at the Naramake Elementary School boiler room recently.

Comments

3 responses to “Naramake addition ‘substantially completed’”

  1. Don’t Panic

    LEED certified? Solar panels? Boiler need would be lower if we built for energy efficiency in the first place.

  2. Steve Colarossi

    Energy efficiency is a cause that all of us involved in the initial capital planning (in 2010) strongly supported. However, there would have been a significant cost in most schools that would not have been recouped for several years.
    As an example, the initial plan was to convert Naramake to natural gas. However, the entire cost of the natural gas line upgrade that would have been needed was significant and Yankee Gas was unwilling to contribute. In the end the design plans reflected the most efficient means of creating long-overdue classroom space.

  3. Don’t Panic

    Conversion to natural gas is not really what I was talking about. It is a fossil fuel that is increasing in price because of demand, while it is having increasing impact on the environment at the point of extraction. As it was ALREADY discussed in the article, this was what triggered my question.
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    I was talking about the reducing the overall need with architectural decisions, like efficient insulation, use of natural conditions, solar panels, etc. I am going to assume they already went straight to CFLs or LEDs for lighting.

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