American School for the Deaf

West Hartford, CT USA
ASD_Front Entrance

American School for the Deaf – Front of New K-12 Educational Center

Founded in 1817, American School for the Deaf (ASD) is the first permanent school for the deaf in the United States and is the birthplace of American Sign Language. It is a world renowned leader in providing comprehensive educational programs and services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.


Educational Wing Floor Plan

The concept for the new K-12 Educational Center was to replace the 100,000 square foot 1930’s era Gallaudet Hall and to create the social hub of the campus. The site solution for the project resolves several key areas in the heart of the campus, primarily the main campus green.

The new building is set to open the 2013 school year and is specially designed to address the unique learning style of deaf and hard of hearing children. This includes state-of-the-art amplification equipment, proper levels of lighting, a visual public address system and the latest educational interactive whiteboard technology. The design features 26 classrooms with science and life skills labs, counseling, speech, occupational and physical therapy workspaces as well as a library, Student Health Center, food service and cafeteria.

The new facility will also incorporate specialty birth to three spaces and an audiological suite and a multipurpose room which can be used by the community


Interior Atrium