New Haven Academy

Public Education
Architect BL Companies
Size 72,000 sq.ft.
Cost $40,000,000

New Haven Academy is a four-year, grade 9-12 high school. New Haven Academy was founded in 2003 as an interdistrict magnet school and as a part of the New Haven Public School district. The existing 1948 buildings will be renovated as new into a modern educational facility to serve as the home for the college preparatory high school. The school will feature four new science labs along with an expanded media center. CES provided engineering design services for the mechanical and electrical systems.

The new school incorporates many high efficiency HVAC equipment to provide a comfortable environment for the students and teachers. Dedicated outside air units (DOAS) provide fresh air into the building. These DOAS units are equipped with hot water coils and cooling coils so that the air is discharged into the building at comfortable temperature no matter the outside conditions. These units also provide the building with dehumidification. The cooling for the school is provided by chilled beams which utilize natural convection to circulate the air. Chilled water is provided to the chilled beams via (2) 70 ton high efficiency chillers. The Chillers dissipate their heat generated through two large cooling towers located on the roof. Heating for the building is provided by (3) high efficiency boilers which send out hot water to radiant ceiling panels located in the individual rooms to provide heating and lessen the impact of cold infiltration through windows. VRF units are utilized in small offices and critical areas such as IDF rooms to provide cooling and heating. This also included the design of security and complete Information Technology systems.

The building was designed to LEED silver equivalent and meets the CT High Performance Building Standards.