Elyria Board Approves Construction Documents for New Hamilton Elementary
Posted by Amy Higgins on 2/20/2019
At the school board meeting on February 20, 2019, the Elyria Board of Education approved construction documents for the new Hamilton Elementary School. Architectural renderings were displayed at the meeting (see link below).
Hamilton will be located on Middle Avenue at the corner of 13th and is slated to open in August 2020.
The 58,000-sqft facility will house preschool through fourth grade and will serve the south side of Elyria.
Superintendent Ann Schloss detailed some of the special features of the new school sites.
The new facilities will feature “suites,” dedicated spaces for students and teachers of particular grade levels to work more collaboratively together.
Open areas called extended learning areas, or ELAs, are central to these spaces, offering options for small or large group learning and for “maker” areas, to encourage tinkering and creating. The middle schools located at the campus sites also include makerspaces.
The new spaces offer the best of both worlds as they can be flexible with movable walls, furniture and garage doors, or more traditional as needed.
Community rooms and spaces that are regularly visited by the public, such as the main office and gymnasium, for example, will be in located in “the spine” of the building which puts the common areas on a main path away from the learning suites.
The design of the new buildings will allow for having an administrative presence on multiple levels and in multiple wings (at the campus sites) of the buildings.
The new facilities are located on properties the district already owns and the sites offer more than one ingress/egress point for drop offs and pick-ups to help ease traffic during busy times of the day.
At tonight’s meeting, the board also approved the first phases of design for the new Eastern Heights Campus.
Ely and Hamilton Elementary Schools and Northwood Campus are slated to open in August 2020. Eastern Heights and Westwood Campuses are slated to open in August of 2021.