The Town of Fairfield hired the team of Perkins Eastman Architects and DTC to perform mechanical, electrical, plumbing, civil and structural engineering services to renovate and design an addition to Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

The current school is 295,000 square feet and has a student population of 1,600 students.

The first phase of work involves a complete replacement of all windows and the existing roof. DTC’s engineers will perform structural evaluations to ensure the existing building can support the weight of the new roof.

Design work for the first phase is expected to be complete by the end of March 2014 with construction finished by the end of October 2014.

The second phase involves multiple additions as well as select renovations to the interior of the existing building. DTC engineers are designing MEP and structural systems for a “butterfly” style addition to the current cafeteria space in an effort to accommodate enrollment. The single story addition will require structural design in the form of underpinning to the current cafeteria.

The kitchen and service areas, as well as the student lounge will also be renovated.

Finally, the school will receive a three-story addition which will include four classrooms, two science labs and storage areas. The classrooms will provide the needed space for business education, English, math, social studies, health and world languages classes.

Design work for the second phase is expected to be complete by the end of July 2014 with construction finished by the end of September 2015.