Centerbrook Architects recently won the 2017 Connecticut Treasures Award for its design of the School's Biomass Heating Facility. The competition focused on Connecticut campus architecture at secondary and university level to draw attention to the wide range of beautiful and functional educational campuses throughout the state. The Biomass Heating Facility signifies the School's commitment to becoming carbon-neutral.
The facility burns sustainably-harvested wood chips to heat the campus and is the central heating plant for the 85 existing campus buildings. Its undulating green roof gently merges with the landscape and stands out as an iconic landmark. The vegetated roof combines with a bio-swale/rain garden system to absorb rainwater and filter runoff before returning it to the ground. (Photo by David Sundberg/Esto)