The new Candlewood Lake Elementary School is a celebration of Brookfield and the community. The design of the school are intended to relate and live within the natural outdoors to allow the community to experience the building in more ways than just being a school.
Materials were selected as a nod to our Town such as the heavy timbers, Connecticut field stone, and iron spot brick. Restoration of streams and walking bridges adorn the site to help create a welcoming and inviting environment for our students and community.
Throughout the school, images from town such as the Happy Landings windmill, birch tree forest, Hop Brook, and Lake Lillinonah are highlighted along with boulders and other natural materials. The aesthetics are heightened in various ways such as the Still River terrazzo floor at the main entry and canopy forests in the Lower Cafeteria & Gross Motor Skills room.The individual classroom wings are themed to represent various ecosystems as follows:
PreK- Ponds 3- Rainforests
K- Forests 4- Reefs
1- Oceans 5- Tundra
Graphic wall panels and highlighted sculptures replace institutional-looking hallways as natural light floods the entire building creating support for an enhancement of human health and general well-being. Highly engaging instructional approaches are enhanced through the design and
implementation of various technologies and spaces within the new school.
From outdoor amphitheater classrooms, breakout spaces, interactive wall and floor displays, and by providing flexible spaces for activities and teaching; the only limit will be our own.
The goal of the new school project has always been to show our community what a building can be and how it can better our students and their well-being through innovative design and planning. We are excited to share and celebrate our new school with everyone.
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