Liberty-Benton PK-8 School
Client: Liberty-Benton Local Schools
Location: Findlay, Ohio
  • A new 128,292sf school for 1,021 students in grades PK-8.
  • Academic pods group grade-level classrooms together around extended learning areas.
  • An 800-seat auditorium, available to all grade levels, supports the district's growing commitment to the performing arts.
  • A media center, an outdoor classroom and a series of athletic spaces.
  • Safety measures include a secured main entry vestibule, cameras and door-locking systems.
INTERESTING FACT: Designing a new facility comes with hundreds, if not thousands, of decisions about the look and feel of the building. Prior to the design phase, SHP facilitated a branding process to establish a unified Liberty-Benton brand and create guidelines to inform the many building-related decision. The result was a package of unique logos and brand elements for the district and ultimately a smoother transition into the new facility.
Master Planning|Architecture|Interior Design|Engineering

An elementary school with a 98-year-old original structure led Liberty-Benton Local Schools to seek a modern learning facility with enhanced security features. The planning and design processes were engagement-driven, collecting input from students, staff, and community members. As a result, the new school building prioritizes student learning with technology-equipped spaces. Built on the existing site of the high school, which also received a renovation, the project establishes a modern and unified campus for the district.

"The creation of flexible learning environments was a high priority in the community's educational vision for the new PK-8."
– Kyle Miller, Project Manager
"The school not only provides countless learning opportunities for generations of students, but is a source of pride for the community right as they walk in the front door."
– Mike Bednar, Architect