Properties Magazine March 2017 : Page 21

ACADEMIC SUPPORT Labs and classrooms are primarily housed on upper floors (top). Supplemental spaces on the first floor include a 50-seat planetarium (middle) and a learning resource center (bottom). and aluminum curtain wall and brick veneer. Overall, the concept was to keep things contemporary.” Glass-enclosed vestibules demarcate the entrances to both schools. While the middle school’s two-story entry is relatively modest, the high school entrance is designed to grab atten-tion with a towering three-story atrium. Flanking this entrance is a 55-foot-high masonry block tower adorned with the school’s Falcon mascot, as well as a tri-angular glass curtain wall feature with a diagonal grid of aluminum framing. If its shape seems familiar to Northeast Ohioans, it’s no coincidence. “It’s a reference to the performing arts program here – the pyramidal curtain “The biggest challenge to the construction was phasing and site logistics, especially since we were working in the middle of a neighborhood, not in the middle of a cornfield.” Jason Huth RPJ wall plays off of the design of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Peterson notes. Inside, the spacious atrium of the Harvey S. Firestone CLC doubles as pre-function space for theatrical and musical performances at the Linda B. Kesker Auditorium, with a series of poster marquees promoting upcoming events. Providing additional gather-ing space is an adjacent courtyard, visible through a wall of glass that incorporates a handful of suspended stained glass panels salvaged from the old high school. “We wanted to bring the outside in, so the lobby feels airy with a lot of natu-ral light,” Peterson says. “We brought a lot of the exterior materials into the space so there’s a nice flow to the inside. It’s a big difference from the sealed-up buildings of the ‘70s and ‘80s, which generally had minimal natural light.” 21

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