driveway and entrance that was different from that
of the old school. With limited space, town officials
looked into acquiring additional property to create
a new entrance, but the team ultimately was unable
to do so. “So we were challenged to create a new
experience within the boundaries of the existing
site,” Ms. Konefal says.
The project team wanted to build a two-story
school to create an efficient building footprint that
would allow more space for landscaping and natu-
ral, peaceful vistas for students. But some teachers
and SBBAC members were wary of a two-story
design, she says. The group was still attached to the
old one-story Sandy Hook school, and the tempo-
rary two-story school students were using was less
than ideal. So the project team took school staff
members on tours of nearby schools to show how
two-story buildings could maintain a strong school
community, Ms. Konefal says.
After construction began, the project team remained
sensitive to the hearts and minds of the community.
It maintained a website providing constant project