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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.

Completion

2021

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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