Weaver High School

Hartford, Connecticut

As part of a design collaborative, Amenta Emma Architects was selected to provide Hartford’s North End community with a transformed campus for the 40-year-old, 370,000 sf high school located on Granby Street. During the next four years, Weaver will be transformed into a theme-driven community school for grades 9-12 that offers students three themes under one roof: The R. J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts as well as High School, Inc which provides students with the education and skills necessary to pursue higher education and careers in the finance and insurance industries will relocate to Weaver, and The Journalism and Media Magnet Academy (JMA) will relocate from its present Barbour Street facility to become the third component at a new Weaver comprehensive campus. The design will open the education spaces to daylight and the surrounding community, right-size the academic wing of the building for the three programs to 140,000 square feet, and accommodate a projected enrollment of 900 students and after-hours use of the more public, multi-use spaces. Sustainability measures such as increased natural light within the building and the use of cost-effective, energy-efficient materials and systems will meet Connecticut High Performance Building Standards. Existing features such as the multi-court field house with natatorium, stadium field with spectator seating, auditorium, practice fields and tennis courts will be retained with moderate renovation. The school is expected to be completed for the 2019-2020 school year.

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