BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)-- It's the first new school in Bridgeport in more than fifty years. And, it's the most expensive public school the state has ever built.
It's the largest state funded public school building in state history, a $126 million, five level technological masterpiece, covering 35 acres of ground on a 65 acre campus.
Monday, they were putting the finishing touches on one of the technological innovations. Ten wind turbines on a 'wind porch' located above the main entrance way.
It, along with four sets of solar panels, will produce enough power to save an estimated half million dollars a year in energy cost.
Jorge Garcia is deputy director of public facilities for the city and says the school will help teach the lesson of being stewards of the environment.
"We have a lot of wetlands, we had to take special precautions around the wetlands. We've minimized our footprint as much as we can because we want the site to be green," said Garcia.
So green, the massive rooftops actually have genetically engineered plants engineered to stay low in what's called a green roof to collect rain water connected to what's called a gray water system.
"The gray water system captures the rain water. It will keep it in a large catch basin and from there, it will be utilized for the toilets and things of that nature," said Garcia.
"I think it's really big. I think that's what impresses me the most," said Ahrayaha Pagan, of Bridgeport.
"It really looks like a college campus, very huge, I think it'll be very nice," said Christian Morgan, of Bridgeport.
"I believe it will be a good experience, it's huge," said Taysia Roberts, of Bridgeport.
Monday, the mayor, the governor and education leaders from surrounding towns came there for the big dedication.
"We're going to be teaching careers here for kids in technology and sustainability and aviation. We need engineers and this school is going to create them," said Mayor Bill Finch.
Seventy percent of the kids attending this school will come from Bridgeport, thirty percent from the towns around.
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