Bristol Arts and Innovation Magnet School
This 115,000-SF landmark building was originally constructed in 1921 in the heart of downtown Bristol and was known as Bristol High School until the school system closed it in 2012. QA+M Architecture revived the vacant four-story facility into a performing arts magnet school for local students in grades 6-12. The project preserved the building’s 900-seat theater – the City of Bristol’s largest performance space. Officials have discussed the potential for using the theater for concerts, plays, and other public performances when school is not in session.

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The building is listed on the Connecticut Register of Historic Places as a historic structure and was designed to LEED Silver equivalent standards. This project includes full renovation of 98,000 SF and an addition of 17,000 SF.


City of Bristol


Bristol, CT




115,000 SF


2023 Connecticut Preservation, Merit Award
2023 CREW CT, Best in Class Award: Education
2023 Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) Project Team, Merit Award
2023 AIA Connecticut Elizabeth Mills Brown, Historic Restoration Award

QA+M Architecture is a full-service architectural firm that provides programming, planning and interior design for clients in commercial, community, education, healthcare, historical, housing, and recreational/athletic markets. Staffed by 34 dedicated professionals, including 14 licensed architects, QA+M has grown to be the 4th largest architectural firm in the Greater Hartford area.


195 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT 06032


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