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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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High-Tech, High-Efficiency

The hybrid operating room remains one of the most utilized spaces in hospitals. This advanced operating suite combines the surgical services of a traditional OR with the added support of an image guided fluoroscopic unit. This room unites a multidisciplinary group of clinicians who work in unison and provide an advanced service to their patients’ needs. - Rob Torres, AIA

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Purpose of Place: vitality in the workplace

Several idioms come to mind when thinking of a valued workplace design today, but vitality just so perfect as we race to remember and possibly redefine the workplace, its essence, and its purpose. A “vital” workplace may have, by definition of the word, the capacity for survival and for the continuation of a meaningful and purposeful existence. - Monika Avery

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Barrier-free restrooms for Pre-K to secondary schools

The learning environment for Pre-K through secondary school students is rapidly evolving and creating developmental opportunities across instructional and break-out spaces, including a focus and sensitivity toward correctly sizing barrier-free restrooms for various aged students. - Kathy Bell and Kristen Furtak

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How Builders Can Leverage Technology to Develop Smart Labs

The utilization of technology in laboratories and life science facilities has increased its prevalence and impact over the past decade. Lab automation, for example, is expected to represent an $8.4 billion market by 2026, up from $4.8 billion in 2018. - Jeff Talka and Todd Boucher

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Purpose of Place: Fast forward to the new multiformat meeting

As we continue to talk about the purpose of Place in a post-COVID world, it is important to reflect on why certain activities take place during the workday and how the physical and virtual environments can support them. Meetings, for example, are an ancient ritual. - Monika Avery

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Coming to an office building near you – what a breath of fresh air!

Starting off as an architect, my first experience of an office building was an older brick industrial building, with operable windows, located near the river in a mid-sized southern city. I have a vivid memory of working to finish a deadline on a summer evening. - James Puckhaber, AIA