ACADEMY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING AT RIPPOWAM CAMPUS, STAMFORD, CT FEATURED IN THE 2005 AMERICAN SCHOOL & UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURAL PORTFOLIO

Fuller and D’Angelo's Academy of Information Technology and Engineering at Rippowam Campus in Stamford, CT, recently received the “Education Design Excellence Award” by the American School & University Magazine. Profiled in the November 2005 issue, the project, now construction opened for occupancy in the Fall of 2007.

The 9-12 AITE Magnet School, will educate students in advanced information technology, networking, computer science, engineering and architecture, teaching them how to compete in the global marketplace of the 21st century. The City Administrators worked alongside Fuller and D'Angelo to provide a technologically advanced and environmentally useful building.

Fuller and D’Angelo, along with the engineering team of AltieriSeborWieber, implemented a sophisticated energy-saving design with a thermal storage system which harvests and stores energy during the low demand evening hours and releases it for daytime use, saving considerable operating costs for the school and the City and also reducing the load on the Stamford “Grid” during the daytime peak hours. The energy consumption is further reduced by the ample use of sun-shading devices on the large window systems in the labs and classrooms, and also by a full light sensor system.

Within this building structure is one of the most advanced information technology systems in all of New England schools including a “bluetooth” wireless zoning system, guiding student access within a laptop environment. The building is also features an exposed interior structure which assists students of architecture and engineering. The central computer server area, which is visible from the main lobby, displays an array of servers, wiring and lights, that not only support the school, but also provides a “mirror-to-mirror” back-up system for the City of Stamford’s entire computer network. The City’s fiber optic ring passes directly by the school and is being fed and re-fed into this centralized computer room space. This dual capacity allows both the school and the community to be most properly served in an efficient manner.

This is the fourth award that Fuller and D’Angelo, Architects and Planners, received in the last two years. It follows their awards for the Staples High School in Westport, CT, the Windward School in White Plains, NY, as well as for the Restoration of Harris Hall at the City College of New York.

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