Meriden Public Schools

Meriden School Project Recognized by National Engineering Magazine

The renovation of Platt High School was recently recognized by a national engineering magazine for regional excellence.

Engineering News Record magazine named the Platt renovations the “best K-12 education” project for its “New England's Best Projects 2018 competition.”

An independent panel of local industry experts made the selection using criteria including “the ability of the project team to overcome challenges, contribution to the industry and community, safety and construction and design quality,” according to the magazine’s website. The magazine also handed out awards to projects in other fields for its “best projects” competition, including healthcare, energy, and manufacturing.

The project’s construction manager, O&G Industries of Torrington, submitted the renovation for consideration.

Antinozzi Associates of Bridgeport was the project architect. Arcadis of Middletown was the program manager.

The renovations to Platt included an 87,812-square-foot renovation of the existing building, coupled with a 176,188 square foot addition that included a new freshman academy, vocational technology facility, kitchen and cafeteria wing, the city said in a press release announcing the honor Friday. The work began in October 2013 and was completed last year. The renovations at Platt and Maloney high schools cost a total of about $220 million.

The Platt renovation project previously received awards from the Connecticut Building Congress and the Associated Construction General Contractors of Connecticut (AGC-CT).

Project Superintendent Steve Baranello was named as the 2017 Construction Supervisor of the Year by AGC-CT for his work on Platt.

By Matthew Zabierek, Record-Journal staff