The American School for the Deaf plans a $19.5 million, 60,000-square-foot education facility on its West Hartford campus, and has launched a capital campaign to open it in time for the school's 2017 bicentennial.
The new building will replace 90-year-old Gallaudet Hall as a safer, more effective learning environment for the 200 deaf and hard of hearing students who attend the school at 139 N. Main St. Groundbreaking is set for May, authorities said Tuesday.
The birthplace of American Sign Language and deaf education also announced the launch of its Foundations for the Future Bicentennial Campaign to coincide with the institution's 200th anniversary in 2017.
Farmington Bank Chairman, President and CEO John J. Patrick Jr. is Bicentennial Campaign chair.
The facility will be designed by Hartford architects Tai Soo Kim Partners and built by Bloomfield contractor Bartlett Brainard Eacott.
John Dickinson, a noted deaf architect who has created National Standard K-12 Educational Design Guidelines for the deaf, hard-of-hearing and cochlear implants students, is project consultant.