Architects and project leaders for the new Torrington Middle/High School are taking a “smart” approach in designing the $159.6 million building, which city residents passed last November. Construction of the school is expected to begin in spring of 2022 and be completed by summer of 2024. The overall size of the facility, which will separate grade 7-8 students from high schoolers, will be 284,295 square feet. About 196,873 square feet is targeted for program space, Christmas said. Program space is currently running over that target by about 29,000 square feet, she said. “We’re looking to build a very modern facility, but we also recognize the very rich past and history of Torrington, both industrial and cultural,” Singer said.