Connecticut Educational Facility Architectural Design Specialists | Educational Facilities Architects and Designers

One of the most dominant themes in the four decades of work in the field of Educational Facility Architectural Design by Smith Edwards McCoy Architects is the distinguished educational facilities they have designed for both public and private institutions. It encompasses elementary, middle and high schools, college and universities. Smith Edwards McCoy have been continuously and fully engaged in designing facilities to support a specific educational mission. Equally impressive is the breadth and scale of this involvement.

Educational Facility Architectural Design is encompassing as developing a campus master plan for the Renbrook School in West Hartford, CT., which was fully implemented over a ten year span. It included a new classroom addition, science labs, a cafeteria/dining hall addition, a gymnasium and a new library/learning center. Work also included an aquatic center and playgrounds, and the re-working of the campus vehicular and pedestrian circulation. The campus plan faithfully acknowledged the historic and functional importance of the Renschler House as the welcoming entrance to the campus, strengthening its prominence by completing the entrance courtyard. The new library was sited on axis behind the Rentschler House creating a generous inner courtyard. All the new buildings and additions were skillfully placed to allow the campus walks and corridors to make the campus accessible for all.

Smith Edwards McCoy has also completed multiple projects for Trinity College and the University of Hartford. Most noteworthy was the $30 million restoration in 2009 of the Jarvis and Seabury Hall on Trinity’s historic Long Walk, re-establishing this open courtyard as the center of life and activity on the Trinity Campus. Likewise at the University of Hartford (UHAR) the Handel Center for the Performing Arts, also completed in 2009, is now a dynamic facility serving both the University and the larger community. Other projects on the UHAR campus include a magnet school and recital hall. Smith Edwards McCoy is currently working on multiple renovations at UHAR’s Hartt School of Music.

For us as architects, each commission is an opportunity to create “built environments” that are both functional and inspiring to those that use them.

Smith Edwards McCoy may be best known for its design of public elementary schools whether major renovations, such as the M.D. Fox Elementary School for the City of Hartford, or the soon to be constructed new Museum Academy for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC).