GREENWICH – After months of deliberation, the Greenwich Board of Education is moving forward this week with plans to improve safety, functionality and aesthetics at the entrance to Greenwich High School.

The $ 2.7 million project to rebuild the entrance to the school is due for a preliminary review by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, and the board is due to review the project on Thursday.

According to project architect Timothy Nanzer, “while the new entrance hall will have both explosion and bullet proof properties, it will also be a functional and well-designed entrance hall with glass walls and a wooden structure to complement the existing school buildings. “


The project will improve security arrangements leading to and from the building, which was required by new state mandates following the fatal shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown in December 2012. The new design will create a separate entrance for visitors and security personnel will have better visibility around the entrance.

Additional security features are not specified for the public.

While the aim of the redesign is to ‘strengthen’ the entrance, school officials and the design team say it will improve the appearance of the building and replace the indiscriminate entrance with a more attractive design. . The improved entrance will provide better access for people with disabilities and include a canopy to protect themselves from the rain, Nanzer said.

Silver, Petrocelli and Associates of Hamden submitted the winning bid for the project, beating three other design firms for the job.

State money contributes $ 1.2 million, or just under half, for the work.

No additional construction is planned for the exterior areas of the school, according to the design team, except for a number of new bollards between the parking lot and the plaza. Greenwich High School was built on Hillside Road in 1970.

The work, once started, is expected to take about six months.

The Planning Commission meeting by teleconference begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday.