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New Caanan Saxe Middle School

Auditorium Renovation & STEM Addition

the backstory

Saxe Middle School was a multi-phased project consisting of a new 24,000 SF two-story addition comprised of STEM, science, art, and general classrooms. Construction also involved the complete renovation of the 60 year old 750 seat auditorium and new choral and band rooms. The project was tightly organized and phased to minimize disruption to the students and staff. Environmental abatement and disruptive work was performed during the school breaks.

at-a-glance

TYPE:
Renovation and Addition
PRACTICE:
Construction Management
Pre-Construction Services
Programming & Planning
LOCATION:
New Caanan, CT
STATUS:
Completed 2018
SIZE:
29,000 SF Existing, 24,229 SF Addition
INSIGHT

The New Canaan public school was lacking an overall programmatic space study and did not realize the greater space need at the time of the original project budgeting for the auditorium renovation.

SOLUTION

Originally hired as an Owners Project Manager for the auditorium and support spaces only, SLAM brought the ability to perform feasibility study, budgeting and management. We were able to provide a holistic approach to analyzing programming/planning study which discovered limited space for current program and expansion of future growth of the arts program.

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The SLAM construction management team performed estimating for the new seating and recommended a refurbishment of the existing chairs as opposed to purchasing new. This resulted in a savings of $151,000 and landfill avoidance.

IMPACT

SLAM was able to solve three major challenges for the New Caanan school; we were able to accommodate existing and future programmatic needs, manage a design and construction budget and schedule, and created innovative methods to save money.

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