West Middle School

Public Education

Architect  Smith Edwards Architects
Size  110,000 sf
Cost  $47 M

The West Middle School is housed in one of Hartford’s many historic buildings, this one dating back to 1930. The school includes grades pre-K through 5 as well as special education and English Language support classes. This multicultural school has almost 550 students from 22 countries speaking 14 different languages.

The school was renovated-as-new and utilizes several energy savings technologies on the inside while still holding on to its historic charm on the outside. The new, energy efficient, HVAC system includes a heating plant for space heating consisting of 3 gas fired boilers with the chilled beam chilled water pumping plant consisting of one pair of pumps. Each pump is sized for 100% capacity, for complete redundancy. The pumping system circulates 57ºF chilled water to the chilled beams throughout the facility. A Building Management System (BMS) was also installed to control the mechanical and selected electrical systems.