McEbright Community Learning Center
Akron Public Schools
Hasenstab Architects provided architectural design and structural engineering for Akron Public School’s Dr. Thomas McEbright Community Learning Center – a new 52,536 square foot, 350 student elementary school and community learning center. The project scope included the demolition of an existing 40,000 SF building, salvaging historical artifacts and site features, site renovation, landscaping and interior design services.
The building is a two-story mix of volume sizes with an entrance set back from its front on Cole Avenue. The scale of the building is modulated by projecting “bays,” which have an architectural character different from the main body of the building. Scale, proportion and character of the new facility are intended to recognize the school’s historical significance in the community while balancing and incorporating contemporary details and materials.
Exterior materials feature two colors of modular face brick, metal panels with standing ribs, and aluminum-framed windows and entrances accentuated by cast stone trim. Classroom and entrance areas are roofed with asphalt shingles to compliment the school’s residential location. The main entrance lobby is capped with a glass skylight.
Programmed space includes 13 classrooms, three kindergarten classrooms, three special education classrooms, a gym, cafeteria, kitchen, stage, media center, an art classroom, music classroom and administrative spaces.
McEbright Community Learning Center is LEED® Silver certified.
Photo Credit: ©2011 Scott Pease Photography
2012-2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Akron Design Awards Winner