Winsted, CT – Hinsdale Elementary School is opening its doors this fall for 300 students, from pre-K to second grade. Montagno Construction, Inc. was hired in 2019 to renovate 32,586sf, which was plagued with persistent mold issues, and to construct a 7,700sf addition. With support from taxpayers and $7 million in grants from the State of Connecticut, work began in May 2021.
The mold issues at Hinsdale were directly related to a river that traveled under the original building, which flooded during a 100-year storm. Removal of that original 2-story building was the first step. The redesign by Silver Petrucelli & Associates mitigated the impact of the adjacent river by eliminating a portion of the building on the west, and adding a new wing on the east, as well as redirecting the course of the stream outside the footprint of the building.
The new addition includes a STEAM lab, a new early learning center and rooms for special education programming. There is also a new school kitchen, cafeteria/auditorium/gym, playground, and vast improvements to the landscape. All new MEP/FP systems were installed. The scope also included relocation of entrances, replacement of existing sanitary lines under the building, air handling units and a new roof.
Landscaping and installation of some specialty exterior items will all be completed by October. The students will be welcomed back at Hinsdale Elementary on Aug. 31.