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SHARED AREAS Combining the middle school and high school allowed for operational efficiencies. For instance, a shared cafeteria – with a stage and operable dividing wall – is served by one combined kitchen and custodial staff. rior vestibules, Firestone and Litchfield entries are furnished with a security ves-tibule which requires guests to be buzzed into the lobby by administrative staff. Construction challenges Ground was broken in 2012 with abatement and demolition of Litchfield Middle School, Huth says. Phase two included foundations, deep underground utilities and site preparation for geother-mal wells, which were dug deep beneath what is now the Firestone CLC parking lot in 2013. “It’s one of the largest geofields of its kind in the state with 220 wells at 500 feet deep each,” Peterson says, noting that the geothermal heating/ cooling system is a large piece in a sus-tainable design/construction strategy for the building, which is currently targeting LEED Silver certification. Construction of the new CLC started in April 2014. “The biggest challenge to the construction was phasing and site logistics, especially since we were work-20 ing in the middle of a neighborhood, not in the middle of a cornfield,” Huth says. “So we were dealing with mate-rial deliveries to a tight site, which was often congested.” For the duration of the project, middle school students were relocated to the former Perkins Middle School four miles away, while the existing Firestone High School remained operational. “The old high school building self-swung, and remained functional as the new school was built around it,” Herr says. The newly constructed building was issued its certification of occupancy last July, while renovation of the existing natatorium and gym was completed in November 2016. Later stages of the proj-ect included abatement and demolition of the old high school building. “Overall, the project has gone well,” Huth says. “There were challenges, as there are on any construction project, and we worked through those, kept it on schedule and completed it in time for the start of the 2016 school year.” One last phase remains, Huth notes, which will incorporate final site improve-ments and is scheduled to be completed this August. That work includes installa-tion of a basketball court for the middle school, two athletic fields (one with a track), additional natatorium parking and final site grading. From the outside in The completed complex is a three-story structure constructed primarily of load-bearing concrete block and precast slab floors. Comprised of 336,000 square feet of new construction and 42,000 square feet of renovated space, the entire CLC is 378,000 square feet – making it the largest facility in the school district and about 40,000 square feet larger than the previous buildings combined. “Material selection was based primar-ily on durability and cost,” Peterson says. “We are dictated by what the Ohio School Design Manual requires us to use too, so in general the building’s exte-rior incorporates concrete block, glass Properties | March 2017

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