Memorial Boulevard building M MBRISTOL: The Memorial Boulevard School is transitioning into an arts magnet school, and Quisenberry Arcari Malik, LLC (QA+M Architecture) has been selected as the architect and lead designer for the project.

The building is listed on the Connecticut Register of Historic Places as a historic structure.

Originally constructed in 1921, the 96,000 square foot building in downtown was known as Bristol High School until the school system closed it in 2012. The engagement of QA+M Architecture is the next step in reviving this vacant four-story facility into a performing arts magnet school for local students in grades 6-12.

The project will also preserve the building’s 900-seat theater – the city’s largest performance space. Officials have discussed the potential for using the theater for concerts, plays, and other public performances when school is not in session.

The anticipated project budget is $54 million.

Rusty Malik, AIA, principal in charge, will lead the project team that includes design principal Kent McCoy, AIA, project manager Angela Cahill, AIA, and educational planner Dan Davis, AIA.