The educational visioning efforts at Greenon Local Schools unveiled the collective community’s desire for a dramatic shift in the delivery of education. With nothing off the table in considering the future of education, the community also adamantly supported a design that would stand as one of the most creative and forward-thinking facilities in the State. While the visioning process produced progressive, idealistic goals, community engagement efforts uncovered an overwhelming desire to separate students of different age levels while maximizing the efficiency of shared common spaces. The resulting K-12 design is a campus of three interconnected, circular-shaped academic wings with large interior courtyards.
- Each circular academic wing (endearingly called “donuts” by the community design team) features a hallway “ring” at the center of the building with extended learning areas and classrooms reaching into the building and a seamless integration with outdoor learning opportunities stretching into the massive, open courtyards.
- The courtyard design helps protect the district’s youngest students by containing their playground spaces within the building’s walls while providing flexible, informal learning spaces to the older students.
- Both the K-6 and 7-12 wings have significantly sized and appropriately scaled and furnished extended learning areas (ELAs) to support the district’s desire to grow and develop into a K-12 project-based learning curriculum.
- The facility wraps around an existing school’s gymnasium that was renovated and sealed after selective demolition to be incorporated into the campus in the future.
- The design team committed to considering alternative and creative construction methods to achieve the district’s 20-month construction goal and, after careful consideration, parts of this building were built using tilt-up construction to achieve these goals.