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Construction complete on Ohio school complex

555,000-square-foot education complex houses middle school, high school and community center
  • The complex was designed to maximize natural light through large windows and skylights.
  • A media center can be broken down into four to eight separate learning spaces for small or large groups, and can be converted from a classroom during the day to a presentation and community hub for up to 300 people at night.
  • Classrooms were designed to easily allow students to work with technology or in groups.
  • Hallways are wide and bright, and some include semicircular spaces built into the wall where students can work on small group projects.
  • All furniture was chosen based on its ability to be moved and used for different purposes.

Princeton City Schools in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area has the fifth-largest complex in the state, a 555,000-square-foot education center housing a middle school, high school and community center that will be complete this year.

The superintendent and school board created a plan in 2009 to secure funding for the unprecedented project in the district. The $130 million construction cost was paid for through a bond levy, government programs and Ohio’s HB 264 Energy Conservation Program.

They worked with CR Architecture + Design to develop a state-of-the-art school designed to be flexible, with classrooms and meeting spaces that allow students to work with technology or in groups.

The multipurpose shared space located in between the schools, known as the Viking Village, includes two cafeterias, a 2,500-seat arena-style gymnasium, a 1,000-seat theater, a health clinic, administrative offices and community meeting rooms. The schools can use these resources during the day, and then generate revenue by renting the space to community groups and clubs on nights and weekends.

The middle school opened in fall 2013, the high school in fall 2014, and Viking Village will open this year. Additional construction and renovations are planned for outdoor athletic facilities over the next year.