Education Groundbreaking

North Branford HS Breaks Ground

North Branford High School / Renderings courtesy of QA+M Architecture

North Branford, CT – On Oct. 28, officials from the North Branford School District, the State of Connecticut, and the Town of North Branford joined school faculty and staff, as well as representatives from Construction Solutions Group; Quisenberry Arcari Malik, LLC (QA+M Architecture); and Gilbane Building Company; to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the new 106,000sf North Branford High School.

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The new $66 million facility will accommodate 524 high school students and feature spaces for learning commons, science labs, engineering and technology, culinary arts, a media center, arts and music, a gymnasium, and a cafeteria. The new high school will be constructed in multiple phases over a 30-month period to accommodate for the operations of the existing high school, set to be demolished in two phases.


Designed by QA+M Architecture, the facility’s high-performance design is future-ready and provides 21st century learning to its students. Plans include amenities tailored to its growing technology education and career track population.

Rusty Malik, QA+M principal, said, “Located on the same site as the North Branford Intermediate School, the high school works to architecturally unify the site into one cohesive campus.”

At the groundbreaking: Anthony Diana, Gilbane; Kevin Pellegatto, Gilbane; John Florio, North Branford Public Schools; Michelle Knockwood, Town of North Branford; Anthony Esposito, Town of North Branford; Rusty Malik, QA+M Architecture; Kate Sayegh, Gilbane; Nick Pimentel, Gilbane; and Amar Shamas, Gilbane

Consulting partners on the project include RZ Design Associates, structural and MEP engineer; To Design, landscape architect; Benesch, civil engineer; and D’Agostino & Associates, technology and security.

North Branford High School is slated for completion by the spring of 2024.