Properties Magazine March 2017 : Page 16

Amplifying Opportunity Firestone/Litchfield CLC modernizes amenities for 6-12th graders in Northwest Akron By Mark Watt | Photos by Todd Kaminski I nside the atrium of Akron City Schools’ spacious new Firestone/Litchfield Community Learning Center is a display wall featuring distinguished alumni. Some of the better known individuals? Astronaut Judith Resnick (who died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster); rock ‘n’ rollers Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney; as well as Olympic gold medalists Mark Gangloff (swimming) and Phil “Flip” Boggs (diving). One can just imagine what these former students would think of the modern, 378,000-square-foot facility, which replaces the old Litchfield Middle School and Firestone High School buildings that formerly stood at the 24-acre site in Northwest Akron. floors, including dedicated resources to support its International Baccalaureate Program and pre-engineering program called Project Lead the Way. It incorpo-rates state-of-the-art, newly constructed athletic facilities, supplemented by reno-vations to an existing natatorium and auxiliary gym. It also includes Akron City Schools’ only operational planetarium. Additionally, the facility serves as the home to the Akron School for the Arts, an intensive college prep program with a focus on theatre, dance, visual arts, choral and instrumental music. The specialized wing includes a gallery-style theater, black box theater/drama class-room, dance studio, music rooms and visual arts studios. “The faculty and students are very pleased with the new facilities,” says Fred Herr, Akron Public Schools’ senior project manager of Facility Planning Properties | March 2017 Located just off of Castle Drive and Fairfax Road in a residential neighbor-hood near Stan Hywet Hall, the $74 million combined middle school/high school modernizes educational spaces to meet contemporary technology and peda-gogical needs for a current student body of 1,834 students from 6th through 12th grades. The building includes classrooms, labs, reading rooms, administrative offices and auxiliary spaces across three 16

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