Oxford Middle School

Oxford CT

Location: Oxford CT
Architect: Tecton Architects
Size: 82,000 sf
Cost: $37 million
Scope of Services: New Construction
Services: MEP/FP
Technology + Security
Sustainable Features: Chilled beams
Energy recovery
High performance building design (HPBD)

This new construction middle school will house 488 students in grades 6-8. The design is respectful of the rural character of the town. It creates a safe, welcoming environment inclusive of the arts and STEAM education and 21st century learning skills. Construction of the new school creates a campus between the existing Great Oak and Quaker Farms schools. Centered around the middle school team teaching philosophy, the new building includes large science laboratories, an engineering tech classroom, a full sized gymnasium and a cafetorium.

Designed with sustainability in mind, the school is trending for an energy use index (EUI) of 35, significantly lower than code requires. CES carefully selected MEP systems that are in-line with the community’s budget and also provide a return on investment. Systems include condensing boilers and air cooled chillers. Most notably, chilled beams are featured throughout the building to provide efficient heating and cooling. Classroom lighting is designed with a focus on daylighting backfilled with LED based fixtures.