Farmington, CT -– After nearly 10 years of public debate, the Town of Newington approved a $28.8-million bond for a new Town Hall. Voters favored the project by a more than 2-1 margin, giving Newington the votes needed to move ahead with its plans to build the new Town Hall.
As a result, QA+M Architecture will develop its design of the proposed 75,000-square-foot town hall and community center to be built in the upper town hall parking lot. The new building allows for improved resident access to Town Services, an open floor plan, and a reduction of 28,000 square feet from Newington’s existing deteriorating and leaky town hall . The community center space includes two full-sized basketball courts. The plan provides more storage spaces and a discrete entrance for human services and board of education offices with an open floor plan, Town Council chambers, community television and the Transition Academy.
“After so many years of public discussion, we are delighted to have been able to help the Newington community achieve consensus on their Town Hall project,” says Mr. Arcari. “QA+M Architecture is looking forward to furthering our working relationship with the Town and designing a Town Hall that meets Newington’s programmatic, municipal and recreational needs.”
QA+M Architecture’s preliminary project schedule has design and construction documents beginning in December 2017, with bidding taking place in June of 2018. The construction project would begin in September 2018 and completed by March 2020. In the preliminary plan, the existing Town Hall will remain in operation while construction is going on.
QA+M Architecture led a series of public workshops to develop community consensus and unite the public behind a plan to build a new Town Hall. Led by Tom Arcari and Kyle Baron, QA+M Architecture’s respective Principal-in-Charge and Project Designer, the project was successfully shepherded through a lengthy approvals process. Site configuration, recreation fields, traffic, walkability, environmental impact, cost and state building aid were among the many concerns expressed by the residents of Newington, who played a key part throughout the bond approval process.