Perkins Eastman Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of International Magnet School in South Windsor, Connecticut

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Facility Design by Perkins Eastman Emphasizes Collaborative Learning, Global Connectedness

CREC International Magnet School

This was a great opportunity for our firm to assist CREC leadership in development an educational facility for the future. - Fritz Morris, Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman

International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman joined the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) and the South Windsor, CT, community on Friday, January 17, to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new campus for the CREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship. Perkins Eastman designed the new 65,000 sf facility to nurture and support the education and development of 530 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Perkins Eastman Associate Principal Fritz Morris AIA, LEED AP says, “This was a great opportunity for our firm to assist CREC leadership in developing an educational facility for the future.” He continues, “The architecture and design emphasizes and integrates the International Baccalaureate curriculum throughout.”

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme serves as the school’s curriculum and foundation for day-to-day goals and overall mission. As such, students and faculty are provided purpose-built spaces designed to reinforce the Programme goals of global citizenship. The three-story media center and technology lab anchors the heart of the school. It embodies the physical and philosophical representation of the school’s globally connected curriculum, while fulfilling the IB Programme’s only stipulation. Art rooms, music rooms, and community spaces including the “blue box” hybrid theater-gymnasium help to activate the public face of the building, while smaller-scaled grade-level neighborhoods support the varying developmental needs of both lower and upper elementary students.

“The CREC International Magnet School community is passionate, collaborative, and one hundred percent committed to the success of our students,” shared Cindy Rigling, Principal of the CREC International Magnet School. She continued, “The move into our new home means that we will be able to offer our teachers and students the very best resources and learning tools. The ribbon cutting ceremony marks a new beginning for the International Magnet School.”

About Perkins Eastman
Perkins Eastman is among the top design and architecture firms in the world. With more than 750 employees in 13 locations around the globe, Perkins Eastman practices at every scale of the built environment. From niche buildings to complex projects that enrich whole communities, the firm’s portfolio reflects a dedication to inventive and compassionate design that enhances the quality of the human experience. The firm’s portfolio includes education, science, housing, healthcare, senior living, corporate interiors, cultural institutions, public sector facilities, retail, office buildings, and urban design. Perkins Eastman provides award-winning design through its offices in North America (New York, NY; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; San Francisco, CA; Stamford, CT; Toronto, Canada; and Washington, DC); South America (Guayaquil, Ecuador); North Africa and Middle East (Dubai, UAE); and Asia (Mumbai, India, and Shanghai, China).

About CREC
The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages the Hartford Region Open Choice program and more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC is available at

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