Chippewa Middle/High School

Chippewa Local Schools

After providing an evaluation of two district buildings for Chippewa Schools, Hasenstab presented several conceptual plans to the school board to use to help pass a bond issue, which would make improvements possible. The bond was passed in November of 2015, and shortly after, Hasenstab was selected to design Chippewa’s new combination middle school/high school.

The administration of the project will be a combined effort of the Chippewa School District Board and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) and will be built in accordance with the Ohio School Design Manual.

The new, combination Middle School/High School will be built on a 40-acre site and will house 638 students in grades 7-12.

The 113,000 square foot building is separated into two levels responding to the slope of the site from east to west. The upper level of the building houses commons space, administration, kitchen, media and technology classrooms, science classrooms and two similar wings of traditional classroom space.

The lower level of the building features a gymnasium with seating for 900 students, and a Performing Arts Center. Support spaces for the gymnasium and Performing Arts Center occur on this level, as well as spaces for the music program.

The design of the Performing Arts Center was driven by the need for a multi-use facility accommodating drama, music, dance, and lyric theater. In addition, the facility will accommodate speech and media events.

The design includes sloped seating for 417, a “dead hung stage” with motorized hoists for stage electrics, some unique curtain and track rigging that allows clearing the stage at low cost, basic masking and drops, an acoustic enclosure (“shell”), and several general purpose tracks for scenery.

There is one catwalk over the audience for the main lighting and follow spot position, with additional lighting mounted along the side walls. It is served by a crossover corridor, with space for performers to prepare and technicians to work, and significant storage space.

The project will seek LEED® Silver certification.

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