North Olmsted 6-12 Campus

  • area / size 315,000 sqft
  • Completed 2018
  • ThenDesign Architecture has designed the new North Olmsted 6-12 campus located in North Olmsted, Ohio.

    The new North Olmsted 6-12 campus is located across the one-and-a-half-mile long Butternut Ridge Historic District. The exterior of the building is emphasized by the late 19th century Georgian Architecture characterized by its proportion, symmetry and balance. More than half of the 38.5 acres of the property is located in a flood zone which posed challenges for the 315,000 sq. ft. campus including creating separate entrances for the middle and high school, performing arts center and stadium.

    Middle school students (grades 6-8) are organized in 6 studios, two per grade level. Each studio houses 150 students, and consists of 4 general classrooms, 1 science lab, 2 small group rooms, teacher prep room with storage, central collaboration area with presentation platform and adjoining restroom facilities. The high school (grades 9-12) features labs on the first floor while core classrooms are located on the second floor. Each wing has a defined collaborative area surrounded by classrooms and small group rooms. Classroom and adjacent spaces are technology rich with flexible furniture.

    Transparency of rooms and open hallways provide clear lines of sight enhancing the monitoring and supervision of students. Designed as a hub rather than a space for lunch, the cafeteria features the school’s orange color and offers high-top tables, moveable furniture, Wi-Fi and charging stations.

    The interior color palette, patterns and classical elements such as niches, alcoves and columns provide a sophisticated twist of the 21st century design flexibility. Color scheme for the middle school is energetic while the high school scheme is calm and sophisticated.

    Symbolizing the district’s rich history in the arts, an 850-seat performing arts center with oversized proscenium opening evokes a feeling of professional theater.

    Adjacent to the campus is a new 4,000 seat stadium which features artificial turf football/soccer field and track. Heated lockers rooms, restrooms and concession stands are located below the stands.

    Over 3,000 students, staff and community members attended the grand opening event to support the new schools.

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    Photography: Kevin G. Reeves, Aerial Agents