Board Previews Phase I New Schools: Ely Elementary and Northwood Campus

Posted by Amy Higgins on 10/4/2017

During the regular Board of Education meeting, Wednesday, October 4, board members previewed the schematics and architectural renderings of the first of five new schools to be built in Elyria: Ely Elementary and Northwood Campus. 


Phase I of the plan calls for the construction of Ely and Northwood Campus and the demolition of Hamilton and Spring Valley schools. Ely, a new K-4 elementary will be built on the current site of Ely Elementary school on Gulf Road in Elyria. The Northwood Campus, a Prek-8 complex, will be built at the current site of Pioneer Field and Spring Valley school on Abbe Road in Elyria. The schools are tenatively scheduled to open in 2019.


Phase II of the project will see construction of Eastern Heights Campus, a K-8 complex on the current site of Eastern Heights Middle School, the new McKinley School, a K-4 elementary school on the current site of Hamilton school on Middle Avenue, and Westwood campus, a K-8 complex on the current site of the Administration Center and Crestwood Elementary School in Elyria Township. Phase II schools are tentatively scheduled to open in 2021. 


Phase III will involve the demolition of the district's existing, remaining schools. 


Here's a look at what architects have in store for the new Ely Elementary School and Northwood Campus. 


Key to Ely's design is maintaining historic elements of the existing Ely School, built in the 1920s. Architects will incorporate the historic Ely arched entrance, the school's founding date inscription on the facade and keyhole details in the roofline. Interior elements will be preserved as well. The new design gives a nod to Ely's history yet incorporates all the modern elements of 21st Century education.


Northwood Campus will offer a more modern, colorful design, yet fit in with the entire design plan of the new schools throughout the city. The exterior materials of all of the buildings will resemble materials used on the exterior of Elyria High School. The new schools will incorporate extended learning areas, collaborative spaces that are flexible and progressive for teaching and learning needs today and in the future. 


Residents are invited to attend an open house at Elyria High School in the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 10, from 6 to 7 PM, to preview the new designs of Ely and Northwood Campus and to speak to architectural team and school administrators. 


Northwood Campus aerial:  

Northwood aerial


Northwood renderings: 

Northwood image 1

Northwood image 2


Pre-K wing of Northwood campus: 

PreK at Northwood


Northwood schematic first floor: 

Northwood campus


Northwood schematic second floor:

Northwood campus 2nd floor


Ely Elementary aerial: 

Ely aerial


Ely Elementary schematic: 

Ely schematic


Ely Elementary renderings: 

Ely 1

Ely 2

Ely 3

Ely 4