Discovery academy completed for the 2015/2016 school year
The new, three-story $35 million dollar school at 176 Cumberland Ave., built on the site of a disused Northeast Utilities building, touts a futuristic design including green and silver panels arranged in patterns on the building's sides and an artful rain roof leading to the bus dropoff. The facility is surrounded by freshly landscaped open spaces, including a soccer field and nature trails, and a playscape is planned.
The facility is energy-efficient and sustainable. It will eventually feature a roof garden and solar arrays, which will provide about 30 percent of its electricity, each pre-kindergarten room opens into an area with planting beds and a rain barrel to allow pupils to grow flowers and vegetables.
The academy, one of 19 interdistrict magnet schools operated by the Capitol Region Education Council, focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. For its first four years, the elementary school was crammed into two locations on Franklin and Huyshope avenues in Hartford and lacked basic facilities such as art and music rooms.