updates in the form of construction images, summaries of meetings with community members and links
to local news stories about the project. The team also
altered its construction processes and schedule out of
respect for community wishes, says Aaron Krueger,
construction project manager, Consigli Construction
Co., Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
For instance, the project team warded off gawkers by keeping work zone gates closed and limiting
photography during construction only for documenting project process. And on the third anniversary of the shooting in 2015, all work was shut
down to honor the victims. “The town asked us to
do those things, and we wanted to be respectful of
the victims,” Mr. Krueger says.
The project team created workshops that taught
Sandy Hook students about the project’s design
and construction process. STV|DPM, the project
management consulting firm for the town, took
additional steps to facilitate recovery. For instance,
families of survivors as well as groups of teachers
and families directly affected by the incident were
given private tours during construction, says Gera-lyn Hoerauf, senior project manager, STV|DPM,
Hartford, Connecticut, USA. “These steps helped
everyone ease back into the fact that the site was
going to be an active school again,” she says.
SAFE AND SOUND
While focused on creating a sense of community, the
project team also had to make sure the design would
mesh with school safety and security requirements.
The team had to coordinate the building design
with technology systems and operational protocols
to facilitate harmony. This was one of the tasks
completed with the help of the School Safety Design
Committee, a state-government mandated group
that met six times with the project team.
“Everyone needed to buy into the premise that a
nurturing learning environment was the goal,” Ms.
McFadden says, “and that security concerns needed
to support that.”
The project team also maximized security by
incorporating Crime Prevention Through Environ-
mental Design principles issued by the International
CPTED Association. Implementing such principles
resulted in campus sight lines that make it easy to
spot any person approaching the school. School
boundaries marked by plants and fencing don’t
obstruct visibility. And visitors must cross one of
three footbridges and pathways—each one moni-
tored—to enter the building.
The project team also engaged with subject experts
to identify and mitigate security risks. Most notably,
it collaborated with security consultants who had
worked with the One World Trade Center—rebuilt
from the ashes of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New
York, New York, USA. Those consultants helped
steer the team toward incorporating safety features
such as force-resistant windows and state-of-the-art
video monitoring. “They taught us that security mea-
sures should not be obvious,” Ms. McFadden says.
But the real lessons came from the community.
“Building a school is worthwhile at any time for
any community,” Ms. McFadden says. “But the
community was the emotional core of this project.
It’s what animates our design and gives the work
its meaning.” PM
core of this
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—Julia McFadden, Svigals
+ Partners, New Haven,