860.548.0802 Connecticut  |  401.596.7555 Rhode Island

860.548.0802 Connecticut  |  401.596.7555 Rhode Island

More Efficient and Modern

William J. Johnston Middle School - Colchester, CT


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Tecton has been working with the Town of Colchester in support of a
new a school since 2013, seeing the project through two studies and a successful budget referendum. Our design retains an existing wing and gymnasium, adds a new two-story wing, and demolishes the more aged facilities. This efficient layout is conducive to the current team teaching model, adds additional parking, greatly improves traffic patterns and makes better use of exterior space for playing fields. Additionally, the project allows an opportunity to upgrade the aged building to today’s IT, ADA, code and safety and security standards.


This project combines renovation and new construction to provide the Town with the optimal cost solution. The building project will have no additional tax implication on residents due to State reimbursements and reduced debt payments on other projects. Additionally, the smaller footprint and energy efficient design is anticipated to lower current operating costs.



  • Simple, compact and efficient layout maximizes overall budget
    and reduces operating costs
  • Enhanced school safety, featuring natural surveillance, secure
    visitor parking, an increased buffer or “safe zone”, a secure
    recreational area, and layered security/access control
  • A two-story open atrium creates a “Main Street” for shared
    specialty classrooms
  • Natural daylight throughout
  • Supports team teaching with pods and group areas
  • Group common area for lectures and gatherings