Pomfret School

Student Center and Gymnasium

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Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary School

Elementary School

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The Norwich Free Academy

Master Plan/Conceptual Design

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The Taft School

Dining Hall

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Tokeneke Elementary School

Elementary School

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Educating more than 21,000 students, the City of Bridgeport represents Connecticut’s second largest school system. Upwards of 1,700 professionals staff the city’s 31 elementary schools, three comprehensive high schools, three alternative/opportunity programs, and an inter-district vocational aquaculture school. Due in part to lack of funds, several schools had fallen into disrepair, thus prompting a substantial renovation and new construction program throughout the city. Among those schools slated for construction: The Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary School. A former principal of McKinley School and Longfellow School, the late Ms. Tisdale enjoyed a career in education spanning over forty years. In honor of those years of dedicated service to her students and to the City of Bridgeport, this new state-of-the-art facility was named.
Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary School

Project: Elementary School
  Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary School, Bridgeport, CT
 
Architect: Tai Soo Kim Partners

The late Jettie S. Tisdale dedicated her life to ensuring that the students of Bridgeport, CT would be prepared to succeed in life. She would be happy to know that the McKinley School and the Newfield School, both in grave disrepair, have been closed and replaced with a new, state-of-the-art facility that will afford the students of Bridgeport’s East End with the latest in technology and amenities. Named in her honor, the Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary School will definitely provide its students with the solid foundation from which to learn and grow.

Completed in 2008, the 105,000 square-foot, two-story school will be home to approximately 750 kindergarten through eighth grade students. At a cost of $44.6 million, the facility’s classrooms are equipped with computers and SMARTBoard technology. The chorus/music room houses high-tech recording equipment, and storage areas are brimming with new band instruments.

Kohler Ronan delivered a complete array of Mechanical, Electrical Plumbing and Fire Protection design services for this new facility. Of particular interest is the use of thermal ice storage to cool the building. By creating ice at off-peak hours (when electric energy and demand charges are less), and then utilizing the chilled water created by melting that ice during the day, the facility is cooled in a cost-effective and energy-efficient manner. As for heating the school, radiant ceiling panels were selected. The ceiling panels help to reduce the overall size of the system and create free areas on the lower walls and floor of the classrooms. This available space is greatly beneficial to teachers looking for easily accessible storage of books and other items for young students.