Properties Magazine March 2017 : Page 18

PROGRESSIVE PAIRING Among the last scheduled projects of an $800 million initiative to update or replace schools throughout Akron, the new Firestone/Litchfield Community Learning Center combines high school (left) and middle school (right) programming under one roof. & Capital Improvements. “It’s such a change from what they had before. I think it will serve the community well.” Continuing Akron’s CLC initiative The new complex is among the last scheduled projects of an $800 million, district-wide construction program launched 15 years ago to update or replace schools throughout Akron. The overall master plan re-envisions Akron’s schools as community learning centers (CLCs), which are made available to the community, Herr explains. Proud to have completed ÄYLWYV[LJ[PVUMVY RPJ at FIRESTONE/LITCHFIELD COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER HVAC | FIRE PROTECTION | PLUMBING | PROCESS PIPING 2900 Newark Dr. ◆ Barberton, OH 44203 ◆ 800-776-7181 18 “So far we’ve built 31 buildings, we have three others under construction now and then we’ll have one more high school at the end of the program,” Herr says, noting that the Firestone/ Litchfield CLC is the third in the dis-trict to combine a middle school and high school under one roof. “The CLCs are first and foremost schools during the day, but in the evening and week-ends they are open to the community on a pre-scheduled basis.” The district-wide initiative benefits from state funds through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission covering 59% of the co-funded cost, with the balance paid for by a 0.25% income tax increase approved by voters in 2001. The 41% local share and Locally Funded Initiatives (LFIs) enable inclusion of specialized spaces, such as additional special education and visual arts spaces, the auditorium, planetar-ium and performing arts spaces at the Firestone/Litchfield CLC. Akron City Schools has been assisted by the design and construction team of GPD Group as lead architect, with construction management overseen by a joint partnership of The Ruhlin Company, Panzica Construction and Bernie Jenkins, Inc., operating under the name RPJ. “Our construction management team has overseen multiple prime contractors on all projects,” says Jason Huth, LEED A.P. BD+C, with RPJ. “Since the begin-Properties | March 2017

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