October 2010 - The Rogers International Baccalaureate Environmental School, designed by TSKP STUDIO, has been honored by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with a 2010 Design Award. The Rogers School was among 11 built projects selected from a pool of 177, and represents a 40-year tradition of educational facility design for the firm.
The jury consisted of: Pamela Hawkes, of Ann Beha Architects, David Manfredi of Elkus Manfredi Architects, and Tony Vidler, Dean of the School of Architecture at Cooper Union. They commended the project for “its connection of mission, form and materials”. Earlier this year, the project also received LEED Silver Certification from U.S. Green Building Council.
Utilizing a brownfield site, Stamford’s Board of Education chose an environmentally themed curriculum to serve as the basis for the design. Located less than one mile from coastal waters, the school facility promotes ecological stewardship through its four prominent environmental demonstration components: a large intensive green roof; a rain garden demonstrating the natural filtration process; a rain and stormwater collection system; and wind turbine demonstrating ‘free energy’. In addition to the demonstration components, environmental stewardship prompted the salvaging and reuse of structure and materials related to the earlier building on the site; preservation of the existing topography; and the use of natural light throughout the building.
The organization of space focuses the interiors to the natural exterior environment, making the facility and surrounding landscape a dynamic part of the environmental curriculum. To stand at the center of this school site is like standing in the midst of wild flowers and grasses with a trickling stream. The school serves 660 students in grades PreKindergarten through 8 th grades.
Other members of the design team include: MikYoung Kim Design & CR3 - landscape architects; Judith Nitsch & Fuss and O’Neill - civil engineers; BVH Integrated Services - mechanical, electrical engineers; and Spiegel Zamecnik and Shah - structural engineers.