Jettie Tisdale School
Client: Bridgeport Public Schools
Completion Date: 2008
This PreK through 8th grade school is designed to be a community oriented urban school serving 750 students in a 104,488 sq. ft. structure. Located on a 7.25 acre site, the design is a compact building in order to accommodate an outdoor classroom, age-appropriate play areas and athletic fields in addition to parking and separated vehicular circulation for bus and parent drop-off. Bay windows and a second floor overhang create a residential scale appropriate to the surrounding neighborhood. The interiors are organized around a central atrium corridor open to both floors with direct access to: cafeteria, library, gymnasium and main office. Classrooms are organized into three distinct areas serving primary grades, middle grades and upper grades, each with their own common area and sense of identity. The building is also designed to be energy efficient with computerized systems monitoring heating, cooling and air quality. An ice storage system, occupancy sensors and natural lighting sensors which reduce the use of artificial light will reduce energy demands.