John Wallace Middle School
Driven by their desire for innovative educational design solutions, today’s school districts are seeking out design partners who can create spaces that meet the changing needs of 21st Century learners, and the public school district of Newington, Connecticut is no exception.

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To meet this demand, the design team integrated evidence-based solutions into its design of the Academy of Aerospace & Engineering. QA+M transformed a PCB-contaminated 10,000-SF vocational wing, once home to traditional shop classrooms, into a high-tech academy dedicated to a rigorous aerospace-focused STEM curriculum for seventh and eighth graders. The Aerospace & Engineering Academy is designed as a flexible and innovative instructional space that emulates a research facility by providing students with project-based learning experiences through:

+ a model-building workshop

+ 3D modeling equipment

+ a wind tunnel for testing model planes

+ flight simulators

+ electrical reel power supply from ceiling

+ flexible furnishings

The flow between labs and common areas, flexibility of lab space, and mobility of furniture connect the space to the curriculum.


Town of Newington


Newington, Connecticut




2,500 SF


2017 American School & University, Interior Design 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 33 dedicated professionals, including 15 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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