Danbury High School Addition and Renovations

Photo Courtesty: By Rob Ryser Updated 6:13 pm, Monday, June 26, 2017

The Danbury High School Construction Project Addition and various safety improvements broke ground in June 2016 with an early summer completion of all six phases of construction. The total project cost was $42 million dollars, which included Phase 1: re-roofing of the entire school with a new 30 year warranty roof, Phase 2 was the installation of two 1/2 megawatt generators to power the school. Phase 3 was the installation of a complete new open platform Fire Alarm system through out the entire school. Phase 3 also included the expansion of the Cafeteria. Phase 4 was the new building addition Freshman Academy approximately 64,000 square feet; three floors, adding 26 classrooms and new gym. Phase 5 is the construction of a new Performing Arts Building approximately 9,000 square feet, including a Black Box Theatre. Phase 6 is the purchase and installation of furniture and equipment. The CM/Constructor was a local firm Rizzo Corporation. The contract was administered in-house by the Construction Services Division of Public Works.

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Reclaimed, Milled and Paved 8.33 Miles of City Roads

The City of Danbury's Highway Department, a subdivision of Public Works Department, managed 8.33 miles of City road improvements in 2016. In 2017, 7.71 miles of City roads were resurfaced.  Road improvements included new curbs, catch basins and storm water pipe replacement.  Additionally, it also includes a storm drain culvert, head wall, guard rail repairs and replacements, as well as safety line painting on all of the 17 roads paved.

Westville Avenue Improvement Project

Westville Avenue Project included the restoration of the intersection at Westville and Highland Avenues and sidewalk rehabilitation from Lake Avenue to Staples Street.  This rehabilitation project was under the supervision of the Director of Public Works/City Engineer and the Construction Services Division.  Construction Services was responsible for on-time and on-budget completion of the project.

City Engineering prepared plans for an upgrade of Westville Highland Avenue intersection.  This was a dangerous intersection that was determined by the City to be a priority for reclamation.  Some infrastructure improvements included: 1) regrading and paving of roadway surfaces; 2) improved traffic pattern and traffic devices which included an area of stamp asphalt; 3) improved sight lines, guide rails;  and 4) solar powered electronic traffic speed control devices, among other improvement items. 

Brand new City sidewalks, curbing, driveway aprons and fencing were installed for area residents were also part of the Westville project.  Other crossroad intersections with Westville that were part of the project included Roger and Myrtle Avenues and Staples Street. Upgrades to crosswalk areas and the installation of a new sidewalk were made in accordance with the American Disabilities act (ADA).

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Heritage Plaza at Danbury City Hall

Heritage walk was dedicated in October of 2017 as a celebration of all the nationalities and cultures that comprise the City of Danbury.  Developed by the current Administration, City Planner, Director of Public Works/City Engineer and under the supervision and direction of City Construction Services, the project included a complete exterior site renovation fronting the City Hall of Danbury.  The focal point of the project is Heritage Walk itself, which is the concrete patio area on the west side of the property fronting City Hall.  This area is a true dedication to the many different cultures and nationalities that make up this community by giving them the opportunity to create a monument signifying their contribution and development to the City of Danbury since that culture's settlement in Danbury, for display on the walkway. 

Other highlights of the project are a relocation of a time capsule first entombed in front of city hall in 1985 and now relocated with an identifying bronze plaque and to be reopened in the year 2285.  At the northwest portion of the City Hall property at the corner of Deer Hill Avenue and West Street is the city's new message center.  This high definition electronic display screen provides both informative and vital information with animation to the public at large and is another major focus point of the project on the property.  Mayor Mark Boughton and his staff were instrumental in how information was to be broadcast to the citizens and it's visitors to our City. 

Finally, a superb landscape plan was put in place with a variety of plantings ranging from flowers and grasses to shrubs and trees that adds beauty and sophistication to the City Hall Complex of Danbury Connecticut.  

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