Fairfield Freshman School
Client: Fairfield City Schools
Location: Fairfield, Ohio
  • New 147,000sf freshman school on the senior high campus.
  • Extensive use of glass enabled natural light to fill the building and minimize energy use.
  • Wide learning staircase provides unique seating, which can be used for casual dining, small assemblies, presentation or a social hub.
  • Six dynamic teaching pods that radiate from a central common core.
Interesting Fact: Just outside the 400-seat auditorium, theatre seats from its predecessor flank the signage on the wall to create visual interest while paying homage to the original school.
Architecture|Engineering|Interior Design|Landscape Architecture|Master Planning|Community + Stakeholder Engagement

SHP’s longstanding relationship with Fairfield City Schools resumed with this new 147,000sf freshman school designed to pay homage to the district’s heritage and traditions while allowing for contemporary educational delivery. Because of the sheer size of the building, it was vital to design a mix of spaces that create smaller student communities and allow for interaction between all students.

"I have always found SHP to be extremely responsive to our district’s needs, questions, and concerns. They are truly “one phone call away.” As a school district, we could not be more pleased with SHP and their commitment to excellence.”
– Billy Smith, Superintendent, Fairfield City Schools
"The freshman school was the third and final project within the Fairfield Schools Building Program, including two identical but site-flipped elementary schools. Fairfield is an incredible district to work with, and I look forward to their next innovative proposal."
– Todd Thackery, Vice President of Architecture, SHP