Renbrook School Library + Technology Center 
For Renbrook School in West Hartford, QA+M designed and fully implemented a 12-year campus master plan by creating: a new 14,000-SF library and technology center, new science and technology classrooms, a new cafeteria, an expanded auditorium, and a gymnasium. All these facilities are interconnected around two campus courtyards creating both functional and campus cohesion. The library includes the library collections, archives, IT department, and fits the needs of the entire preK-Grade 9 school community.

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Energy-efficient design elements include a geothermal heating/cooling system. The first floor is organized around a light-filled central space that contains the print and audiovisual collections and reference library. The circulation desk and librarians’ workroom is centrally located in this space with excellent visual supervision of the entire room. A light-filled bay window on the first floor faces the downhill view toward the Hartford skyline. An intimate west-facing space creates a sense of enclosure for the story corner. Facing back across the lawn toward the Rentschler house is a group study room with work tables and direct access to the library terrace

CLIENT

Renbrook School

LOCATION

West Hartford

YEAR COMPLETED

2009

SIZE

14,000 SF

COST

$6.5 Million

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 35 dedicated professionals, including 15 licensed architects, the firm has grown into one of the 10 largest architectural firms in Connecticut.

 

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