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Weaver High School renovation proposal

Weaver High School renovation proposal

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Published by Zachary Janowski
Proposal to the Hartford Board of Education on the $100 million renovation of Weaver High School.
Proposal to the Hartford Board of Education on the $100 million renovation of Weaver High School.

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Published by: Zachary Janowski on Jul 10, 2013
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For Approval by the Board of EducationJune 25, 2012(Modifications from the February version are highlighted)
 To address the Hartford Board of Education’s desire for additional special-focus programs for their students and support for the continued transition toward smaller learning communities, the planners suggest that Weaver High School be renovated to as-new condition and be configured as a high school campus comprised of three themedacademies. These academies will contain specialized facilities needed to supportindividual school themes, while common core areas, such as athletic, arts and libraryresources would be shared by all students on the campus. As the original facility wasconstructed for over 2000 students and the new design occupancy is slated to be1350 students, the proposed facility size will be less than the approximately 370,000 squarefeet currently existing.The NAF Academy of Hospitality and Tourism is an expansion of the existing CulinaryArts Academy presently located at Weaver. The revised curriculum will also serve 400students in grades 9-12. Students will learn real-life lessons in related businesses outsideof school that are integrated with a rigorous classroom curriculum. The programdemands a strong academic foundation in the core curriculum which will prepare studentsfor post-secondary studies in hospitality and tourism. NAF academies are committed tohaving students graduate prepared for college and professional success beyond highschool. Curriculum for the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism contains essentialcontent based on expertise from leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry andeducation experts. Along with academic courses required for graduation, students takeone or two specialized courses each semester which include courses such as:• Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism• Economics• The Business of Hospitality and Tourism• Geography and World Culture, Sports, Entertainment and Event Management• Principles of Hospitality and TourismPaid internship is an integral component to the NAF Academy model. Students work as paid interns at hotels, museums, travel centers, sports facilities and other hospitality andtourism-related settings. These internships connect academies to the real world of work and establish important relationships between students and adult professionals in therelated fields of hospitality and tourism.
Educational SpecificationsWeaver High SchoolHartford, ConnecticutThe Arts and Sciences Academy at Weaver High School will be a college preparatorymodel for 500students in grades 9-12 who are interested in a program that willemphasize two complementary disciplines, the arts and sciences, through specializedcourses. Proposed to open in August 2016 for Grade 9 students, the school will expand by one grade per year and reach capacity in 2020. The established college partner for this program is the University of Hartford, which will provide opportunities for senior students to participate in an early college experience by attending college classes for dualcredit and by participating in internships. The academy will be a gateway for students planning to major in Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, Law, Medicine or SocialSciences.The Academy of Architecture & Urban Design will serve450students in grades 9-12
thatworks to develop student interest in the field of Architecture & Urban Design. Theacademy will combine classroom instruction with real world urban planning experiences.Through unique partnerships with institutions of higher education and communityorganizations, students will extend classroom experiences into their communities toanalyze, design, and advocate community architecture and urban designs. The four-year  program will incorporate technology, service learning, civic engagement, and communityadvocacy into class projects, elective courses, and experiential learning opportunitieswithin the city of Hartford. Students will be introduced to skills and professions which plan, design, and transform communities to create a better future and make a difference inthe world.The AAUD theme would include health and quality of life concerns in urban places – transportation systems, economy, the environment, physical design and facilities, and theculture and politics of a city to maintain quality of life. Urban planning examines theconsequences of present actions on the future of quality of life in the city.
In general the features of the facility are as follows:
Existing auditorium and associated spaces will be retained and renovated
Academic space will consist either of reduced size and heavily modified space withinthe original academic wing, or a replacement wing built to current standards, asdetermined by a best value analysis
The academic space will include a new gymnasium and support spaces
The current Field House and pool wing will be removed from Weaver  
The building will be multi-story with full fire protection
All new and renovated construction will comply with current building, fire safety,high performance building and accessibility codes, will address current educationaltechnologies (voice, data, wireless data and video) and anticipate the addition of future technologies and will utilize energy efficient materials and systems, includingfull air conditioning.
Educational SpecificationsWeaver High SchoolHartford, Connecticut
Attention will be given to maximizing the use of natural lighting as appropriate to the programmatic use of the space.
Building materials and finishes will be selected based on durability, ease of maintenance and lifecycle cost. Use of carpeting will be limited for indoor environmental reasons.
The building will be designed to allow after hours use of the more public, multi-usespaces without compromising the security of the remainder of the building.
At the design enrollment of 1350students, state construction grant funding is availablefor a maximum facility size of 243,675square feet. In order to maximize statereimbursement for this project, the primary goal is to accommodate the needs of thevarious programs within this allowable square footage. An additional primary goal of the project is to preservethe auditorium, which would be impossible to replace in the currentfunding environment. To meet those goals, the space program will be based upon thefollowing guidelines:Auditorium and related areas to remain (approx.): 30,000 s.f.Academic core and gym square footage (final): 213,675 s.f.Total proposed facility square footage: 243,675 s.f.
 Security: An electronic security system featuring perimeter door contacts, glass break or audio sensors and video cameras will be installed in the school. The schoolwill be designed to restrict access to instructional areas of the school whencommunity events take place during non-school hours.Public Address: The building public address system will cover all circulation, office andteaching areas.Technology: Technology standards will be issued during the construction phase to affordaccess to the latest in networking technology. Wireless networking will beconsidered where appropriate. Accommodations for student laptop computersand “Smart Boards” will be made.Phone System: A comprehensive phone system will be integrated with the technologycomponent of the project, and phones will be installed throughout the facility.All support and instructional spaces will be included.Clock andBell System The clock and bell system will serve all support and instructional spaces.

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