The project started as an addition and renovation to the original 1911 school. During the demolition process, various additions built over the years had compromised the structural integrity of the original building. After reviewing this issue with the Design Team, the Town of Waterford decided to remove the 1911 building and build a brand new school. O&G and the Architect were able to redesign and re-bid the entire project, maintaining the opening for the 2008 school year.
Every aspect of the new structure from floor to ceiling has a high tech, low maintenance green concept. The wood floors and doors are bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource. The windows are the new gas-filled energy type. Lighting is sensor driven, motion activated and the lights are self adjusting depending on how bright it is outside. The bathrooms have solar light powered faucets and there are waterless urinals which save thousands of gallons of water per year. The building is heated and air conditioned with 95 geothermal wells, each 450 feet deep, the first public elementary school in Connecticut with a geothermal heating system.