Named after the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy High School is one of five urban high schools located in Waterbury, Connecticut. Newfield Construction was retained to provide the high school with a new two-story 30,000 square foot building to expand the academic and athletic programs. The new building proved especially challenging due to the occupied campus throughout construction which required the main entrance road, under the new glass-enclosed foot bridge, to remain operable.
Due to the site’s steep grade, a second story glass-enclosed foot bridge was installed in order to connect the existing school building to the new two-story building.
The main level of the new building houses an auxiliary gymnasium, locker rooms, storage areas and one classroom. The mezzanine level includes a fitness center and additional classrooms. The second story of the building is home to six science labs and five general classrooms.
The building’s 7,000 square foot main entrance was renovated as new as well as the school administration offices, six science rooms, six standard classrooms, and nurse, clinic and conference areas. Site improvements included new tennis courts, parking areas, driveways, storm water management systems and a state of the art synthetic football/softball field.