Southwest Local Schools Building Program

Harrison, OH

Project Description

SHP led the engagement of stakeholders of the Southwest Local Schools community through focus groups and a master plan design team comprised of district leaders and student representatives, recent graduates and educators in the development of a community-supported, research-driven and educationally-sound facility plan. The resulting building program includes three new elementary schools, one new middle school, renovation improvements to the high school and the demolition of five buildings.



Project Features

  • Key educational visioning values have driven the design of each building: spaces that are tailored to the individual, encourage real-world application and allow students to play an active role in their own learning.
  • The building designs include spaces that support varied learning styles, stimulate hands-on project opportunities and align student interests with core content.
  • Grade-level learning communities are broken down into project teams providing stronger peer-to-peer and teacher-to-student relationships.
  • The new 147,000sf Harrison JHS features an active learning center that provides flexible space for hands-on project work tailored to the individual.
  • The elementary buildings (Crosby Elementary, Harrison Elementary and Miami Whitewater Elementary) provide opportunities for team teaching and project work through large, open extended learning areas.
  • The buildings showcase a consistent theme across the entire district including distinctive exterior brick, interior color schemes and community historical displays. The schools also feature community-use rooms to provide spaces to be utilized for large-group gatherings and small-group meetings.

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