Lyme/Old Lyme High School Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Pictured at Lyme/Old Lyme High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:  NCA’s Dan Weston, Jeff Bianco and John Scheib; Ken Biega, Assistant Vice President at O&G Industries, Inc., and John Rhodes, Director of Facilities and Technology, Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools

A ribbon cutting ceremony recently took place at Region 18 Lyme/Old Lyme High School in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Northeast Collaborative Architects’ (NCA) design team, town officials, school board members, state senators and representatives, teachers, administrators, students and parents celebrated the completion of the “renovate as new” high school project after three years of construction. The project is expected to come in $4.6 million under budget, at $35.26 million.

“We are proud that our design skills created a beautiful facility that supports Lyme/Old Lyme High School’s incredible educational program,” NCA Partner Dan Weston said.

“Today we take stock of what it means to be part of this community,” Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education Chairman James Witkins said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Today we take a moment to savor it – may these walls stand forever.”

Principal James Wygonik thanked the community for their support and the faculty and students’ patience through construction. Senior Class President David Peck said students should be proud when walking the school’s brightly lit halls, gathering in the commons space, performing experiments in science labs or taking tests in a quiet room. “Be sure to take pride in everything you do. Be optimistic that you can achieve your goals,” he told his classmates. “In that way, we will have given the townspeople the greatest gift in return for their vote of confidence.”

NCA was retained to renovate Region 18’s existing high school facility. The communities of Lyme and Old Lyme reached a consensus for the learning environments that included an addition and renovation scheme that created a new secure entry, first floor student commons, a totally reconfigured auditorium and renovated the building as required by the “Renovate-as-New” Statute.

The program completely renovated the existing structure and infrastructure and provided additions to meet the needs of educational program shortfalls.  A new 120 geothermal well system provides heating and cooling to the building. While the sustainable energy system added about 2% to the overall cost it pays for itself in six years, has a 50-year life span, and significantly reduces building energy costs for both communities. The building was designed to comply with LEED Silver standards.

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