Campus Master Plan

Centerbrook is partnering with Talcott Mountain Science Center, an innovative independent K-8 day school, to conceive a vision for its mountaintop campus. The TMSC offers hands-on learning with an engaging curriculum of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

In 1967, long before it became commonplace, TMSC founders imagined an educational park dedicated to learning by doing. That innovative spirit lies at the core of the TMSC mission and animates its faculty, administration, and dedicated volunteers, many of whom were students themselves.


Talcott Mountain Science Center

Location Avon, CT
Photo Credit Centerbrook
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Accessed by a narrow road that snakes up the 950’ trap rock ridge, the 20-acre campus, with sweeping views of Hartford and the Berkshire Mountains, is located on a former Nike missile radar site. It is composed of four academic and administrative buildings, several smaller structures housing astronomical equipment, a sundial and observation deck, and woodlands with unique ecosystems and microhabitats. At 98-seats, its 44-foot, tilted-dome planetarium is the largest in Connecticut. Astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, was a supporter, and his lunar paintings grace the school’s walls.

Centerbrook’s master plan reconfigures the main entrance of the campus, moving it from the middle to its edge, with a new administrative and admissions building imagined. Two modest, government-issue buildings would be removed to make way for a large, shared, safe outdoor learning green replete with bioswales to capture impervious stormwater runoff, pollinator gardens, and playing fields. Two classroom buildings would receive selective renovations to promote hands-on learning.

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In addition, a new multi-purpose building, dug into the hillside with commanding views, would serve as a flexible armature for the arts, dining, presentations, and special events. Renewable power generation would be augmented with photovoltaics and a wind turbine, advancing TMSC’s commitment to sustainability as an early adopter of solar-hot water systems. This vision, it is hoped, will both extend innovative program offerings and take full advantage of the dramatic mountaintop site.

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