Saxe Middle School Theater Renovation

New Canaan, CT

Saxe Middle School
Saxe Middle School

Background and Context
In 2015, JCJ Architecture was selected to renovate the 58 year-old Auditorium in addition to a two-story classroom addition on the northwest corner of the Saxe Middle School Campus, providing 12 new classrooms and right-size the overcrowded music rooms and add key storage for the auditorium and music instruments.

The addition and renovations were the first major changes to the school since JCJ renovated the 1950s-era junior high school to the needs of middle school teaming in 1999, where multiple informal gathering spaces were developed: new and existing learning areas were re-organized and linked by a variety of common and breakout spaces, and a student commons was developed to provide areas for events and large gatherings.