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At US$126 million (then AU$120 million, £78 million) The Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet Campus was, when constructed in 2012, the most expensive school building in Connecticut. It went on to win the 2016 A4LE MacConnell Award so we had a chat with Jim LaPosta, the Chief Architectural Officer at JCJ about it.

You can tell a lot from the name of a school. FAIRCHILD WHEELER because the land on which the school is built, was deeded to the city of Bridgeport by philanthropists, Antoinette and Daniel Fairchild Wheeler in 1922. INTERDISTRICT because it accepts students from eight neighbouring school districts in addition to Bridgeport. MAGNET because it’s that type of US Specialist School. And CAMPUS because it’s not considered to be a single school, but campus of ‘schools-within-a-school.

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