The site for the new magnet school was a series of long disused Northeast Utilities buildings. Designed as a renovate-as-new project, our team evaluated multiple, aged buildings constructed at different times. While some of the complex’s structures were incorporated into the new school and some demolished, a 19,000 square-foot addition was added to give the school its final 72,000 square feet. All buildings on site required extensive hazardous materials testing for asbestos, lead, mold and PCBs in the soil and building materials. Underground storage tank closure services and soil characterization and management services were also provided.
In order to support a healthy school, the Fuss & O’Neill team partnered with CREC and the architect to provide technical specifications for the removal of all hazardous materials in accordance with EPA regulations.
Our team designed technical specifications and abatement documents that met the requirements of the EPA, including a Self-Implementing On-Site Cleanup and Disposal Plan for PCBs. The architects responded to the clean site with a fun and colorful building that has a dramatic entrance, plenty of natural light and emphasizes indoor-outdoor connections that align with the school’s STEM theme.
The existing site and its abandoned buildings had scarred the neighborhood for years and residents welcomed the new school that has invigorated the community. Always a good neighbor, CREC brought Wethersfield a lively pre-K through 5th grade magnet school that features STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) literacy.