Academy of Information Technology and Engineering


The Academy of Information Technology and Engineering (AITE) is the first Connecticut school of its kind for students interested in all aspects of technology and fundamentals of architecture and engineering.  Similar to the Piazza, the primary architectural goal was to create a communal feel to the project through the use of open courts, various transparencies through bridges and classrooms, and volumetric definition and expression of the main spaces.  The building exterior dynamically expresses the various functions housed within, which creates a sculpture responding to the nature of art and engineering.  The building employs advanced energy conservation systems including a thermal ice storage assisted cooling system, sun shading screening devices, solar orientation to capture light and reduce heat gain, and daylighting control of artificial illumination. The IT Network Infrastructure is comprised of the most cutting edge zoned wireless technology used in education today. The advanced material selections are ground face single wythe concrete insulated block, high performance glass and aluminum curtain wall system, insulated metal panels and a 60 foot diameter translucent dome.