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First look at new Torrington Middle School and High School

GLASTONBURY, CT, May 17, 2022 – SLAM (The S/L/A/M Collaborative), architect, working in partnership with Torrington Public Schools (TPS), the City of Torrington, owner representative Construction Solutions Group (CSG) of East Hartford, and construction manager O&G Industries, are expected to break ground this summer on one of the largest and transformative building initiatives in Torrington’s recent history. Today, the team unveils to the community at large, the future Torrington Middle School and High School. The building’s exterior design features a modern curtainwall infusing abundant natural light and a brick façade that harkens back to the region’s rich beginnings as industrial leaders. The interior spaces will foster hands-on learning, creating, and discovering that will pave the way for a prepared workforce or students of higher education.

[DT logo] Creativity in Design to Enrich Lives

The Design Thinkers Blog presents the diverse viewpoints of our team members. We hope you enjoy their perspective and ideas on all the things that inspire and excite them.  We are SLAM!

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Working Wellness into School Facilities: 4 Trends

Given the protracted COVID-19 pandemic and already palpable environmental changes from global warming, it’s no wonder that independent schools are increasingly embracing wellness and sustainability on their campuses. Schools are considering programs and spaces that help prepare students for a future that prioritizes a holistic approach to healthy life choices. - Tracy Herzer

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Next Frontier of Prefabrication

A convergence of technology, manufacturing, modular design, and prefabrication is rendering creative solutions that highlight the use of parametric software as the next frontier in rapid outpatient facility deployment. – Keith Fine, AIA and Patricia Betzhold

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Colorado hospitals reinvent outdoor healing environments

For more than a decade, health care organizations have reinvented themselves as places of healing, health and wellness as opposed to traditional clinical institutions. In that same timeframe, we have recognized the benefits of healthy buildings for not only Colorado communities at large, but for their occupants. - Russ Sedmak

 

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Integrated design team achieves dream project

Design Thinkers’ editor, Marie Bonelli, sat down with the Ox Ridge Elementary School project team—Amanda Hastings, interior designer, Jessica Petro, landscape architect, and Amy Samuelson, project manager, to learn more about their unique expertise and inspirations designed to enhance student learning in new and innovative ways. 

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SLAM Accelerates Design & Construction with Unique 3D Customized Portal Solution

Witness the teamwork between SLAM + KHS&S + Studio and technology that helped to develop this custom wall solution in 3D, in rapid time. Named The Portal—this sculptural architectural design element is positioned at the heart of a newly opened medical outpatient clinic in Playa Vista, California.