Collaboration Earns Statewide Honors for Sandy Hook School Project Team

In architecture and construction, teamwork is everything—especially when the client is an entire community facing great challenges.

Recently the team responsible for designing and building the new Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., received recognition for their collaboration: the Connecticut Building Congress announced that they had been selected as the First Place winner in the 2017 Project Team Awards competition. The awards will be presented June 13th.

Sharing the honors are architecture firm Svigals+Partners, Consigli Construction Co., and project management firm DPM, the three leading companies that worked hand in hand with each other and with the Town of Newtown throughout the building process. The state-of-the-art, 87,000-square-foot school for PreK-4 students opened its doors last fall, after a 20-month timeline that included extensive public engagement, careful planning and design, and best-in-class construction management practices.

Involving the community directly throughout the process, Consigli, Svigals+Partners, and DPM also worked with special focus on protecting the community and the project process from unwanted attention, using a low-key and neighborly approach that is a trait of both firms. In addition, the finished school pioneered the state’s new School Safety Infrastructure requirements, and was designed to LEED Gold certification for green building.

There is additional information in the release below.

Connecticut Building Congress Recognizes the Town Of Newton, Consigli Construction, Svigals+Partners and STV-DPM for Work on Sandy Hook School

The Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) announced this week that it will recognize the Town of Newtown, Consigli Construction Co., Inc., Svigals+Partners, and STV|DPM for their collaborative work to build the new Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn. The team will formally accept the 2017 Project Teams Awards at a presentation on June 13. The award recognizes projects that exemplify project team excellence and represent the best practices in teamwork by project owners, architects, engineers, constructors and trades.

“The powerful purpose of this project was never lost on us from day one,” said Matthew Consigli, president of Consigli. “It was truly an honor to be a partner on this special project and we couldn’t have asked for a better team. We’re humbled to receive this award and thank the CBC for this recognition.”

“It was the best possible team for this unique endeavor,” says Jay Brotman, AIA, managing partner with Svigals+Partners. “And that includes First Selectman Pat Llodra and the entire Sandy Hook-Newtown community. To receive this award recognizing this three-year collaborative effort is an important honor.”

“This project was the best team effort I have ever seen, with total commitment from everyone involved,” said STV|DPM vice president and project executive Mark DuPre, Sr. Assoc. AIA. “We’re truly honored to be a part of such a concerted partnership.”

The state-of-the-art, 88,000-square-foot school for PreK-4 students opened its doors last fall, after a 32-month timeline that included extensive public engagement, careful planning and design, and best-in-class construction management practices.

The project was inspired by the strong sense of community and the inherent natural beauty of Newtown. The final design includes a curving plan that reaches out across the site as arms in a welcoming gesture to students.

The school features three classroom wings that extend like fingers of an open hand on the site. A total of three courtyards and one outdoor amphitheater serve as an outdoor classroom and space for school events.

Other features of the project include two rubber surfaced playgrounds, marchice and garapa wood siding and colorful vertical sunshades in orange, red and yellow that bring bright stripes of color to the school’s exterior and address the east/west sun angles.

About Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Consigli Construction Co., Inc. is a leading construction manager and general contractor with offices in Boston and Milford, Mass., Washington, D.C., Portland, Maine, Hartford, Conn., and New York State. Our extensive portfolio features a diverse range of projects of various scale and serving a wide range of clients in the life sciences, historical, academics, residential, corporate, healthcare and cultural industries throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. A fourth-generation family-owned business, Consigli is recognized by the Boston Business Journal as the second-largest construction company in Massachusetts and by Engineering News-Record as one of the 100-largest in the country. It has received numerous awards and recognition for its work and employment practices company wide. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

About Svigals+Partners 

Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Svigals+Partners is a full-service architecture, art and planning firm dedicated to building sustainable communities that uplift and inspire people. The firm is known for its success in the design and construction of educational facilities, community projects, research and science buildings and corporate workplaces since its inception in 1983. Known for their original and imaginative integration of planning, design, and artwork in the service of broad client goals, the firm is committed to creating meaningful change in the world. Svigals + Partners offers a complete range of architectural services from master planning, site selection and feasibility studies through design and construction. In the firm’s portfolio are major laboratory projects as well as 30 years of new and renovated private and university research buildings. For more information, visit


Diversified Project Management (DPM), a leading provider of owner’s project management services throughout the greater Boston/New England region, is now a part of STV and doing business as STV|DPM. STV|DPM is comprised of more than 70 professionals throughout New England. Founded more than 100 years ago, STV is a leader in providing construction management, architectural, planning, engineering, and environmental services for buildings, transportation systems, infrastructure, energy and other facilities. The firm is ranked 40th in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms survey and 15th in Building Design + Construction magazine’s Top 40 Construction Management firms. STV is 100 percent employee-owned.