New Britain Community Education Center

The New Britain Housing Authority and Human Resource Agency identified a strong need for a facility dedicated to providing job training and helping low-income residents prepare for the workforce in a neighborhood where unemployment is high. Education, job training and career counselling were the client’s biggest requirements, and guided the Design Team’s program.

In January 2015, the new 18,000-SF Community Education Center was complete. The facility includes classrooms, computer testing spaces, vocational training areas, and an event community space designed to provide education, computer skills, GED training, introductions to career opportunities and job placement for low-income residents.

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The client was hands-on from conceptual programming and design throughout construction, and challenged the design team to create a learning institution without appearing institutional; one with a welcoming, open feel and easy to navigate. The design met that challenge and created specialized spaces for ESL reading/writing, research, testing, and health assessments – dozens of amenities to help individuals gain skills and meaningful employment.


Town of New Britain


New Britain, Connecticut




18,000 SF



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.


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