Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet Campus

Bridgeport, CT

250,000 SF

1,500 students, Grades 9-12

$87 million

August 2013

The Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet Campus (FWIMC) is a new state-of-the-art facility that organizes students into 3 distinct learning communities: Physical Science, Math and Aerospace; Zoological Studies and Applied Biology; and Information Technologies in the Digital World.

Designed in partnership with the business and higher education community, each discipline has industry partners that are provided laboratory space within the school where students engage in real-world activities. The labs are featured spaces within the building that can be reconfigured depending on the activity and subject matter.

Sited in an abandoned park, the school is LEED Gold certified from the USGBC. A signature element of the school is its “wind porch,” a series of wind turbines located above the student entry and designed to take advantage of the prevailing coastal winds.

A4LE's 2016 James D. MacConnell Award Winner
FWIMC has been featured in Education Contractor, School Planning and Management and District Administrator magazines.