Capital Improvement Projects

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Capital Improvements Committee Charge:

The Sunapee School Board's Capital Improvements Committee is to consider comprehensive, long term solutions for the District's facility needs which will include the Sunapee Middle High School and Sunapee Central Elementary School as well as playing/athletic fields.  The Committee will work with an architect to develop possible solutions for a recommendation to the School Board.  Key to the process will be obtaining input from all stakeholders including educators and the community.

The initial task of the Committee was to develop a RFQ and interview for a Project Manager; the School Board selected Gordon Bristol.  Working the Gordon the committee put out a RFQ for the pre bond architectural services.  After an extensive vetting process the Sunapee School Board approved the Capital Improvements Committee's recommendation to retain Banwell Architects.

Sunapee Schools Educational, Safety and Mechanical Needs

Our buildings have many significant needs. The elementary school is 92 years old and does not have adequate space to house the existing student programs nor meet core needs with respect to space such as adequate classroom size, flexible areas, individual programs space, nurse areas and cafeteria. In addition, most mechanical systems are at the end of their useful lives and are in need of replacement. The Middle/ High School was originally constructed in 1973 and, despite the addition in 1998 and some life safety issues having been addressed, it also has instructional and mechanical needs.

At the Elementary School we are looking to address the following needs:


  • Developing adequate classrooms that allow flexibility for more current teaching practices
  • Individual program spaces for reading, STEAM, Life Skills, speech, occupational therapy, autism
  • Creating a small intervention room for testing, remediation, small groups
  • Remove the portable classrooms
  • Traffic flow/safety
  • Second egress, parking
  • More secure main entrance into the building
  • Meet current state fire and building codes
  • Updated ADA restroom and other ADA code issues
  • Lack of storage (currently equipment is stored in the hallway and outdoor sheds)
  • Mechanical systems are at the end of useful life
  • Playgrounds

At the Middle/High School we are looking to address the following needs:

  • Update science labs & Family Consumer Science lab
  • Develop a larger community space with a stage for performing arts
  • Individual program spaces for reading, Life Skills, speech, occupational therapy, autism
  • Repurpose use of space (administration, office, guidance, nurse)
  • Redesign cafeteria and kitchen space
  • Mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems and replacement of existing boilers
  • Lack of storage


  • Playing fields for school and community use