On Saturday, October 14th, Chagrin Falls Schools hosted a farewell to the historic Intermediate School and broke ground on the new classroom wings.
The district kicked off the event with remarks from Mary Kay O’Toole, president of the Chagrin Falls Board of Education, followed by John Bourisseau from the Chagrin Falls Historical Society, Erinn Grube from the One Vote Chagrin levy committee, Marlene Anielski, member of the Ohio House of Representatives (Sixth District), and Robert Hunt, superintendent of Chagrin Falls Schools. Residents shared their favorite memories of the school and those will now be documented in a book that will be placed in a time capsule in the newly renovated Intermediate School.
The project site is situated within the historic village of Chagrin Falls and is adjacent to the Historical Society, historic homes, and an active business community. The project team at Gilbane Building Company has implemented several outreach activities to introduce the project team to the local community and educate residents on the project.
Gilbane will serve as the construction manager for the 89,000 square foot renovation and expansion project. Stantec Architecture will serve as the architect. The project consists of demolition of the three-story classroom building originally built in 1940; renovation of the 1914 classroom building, gymnasium, and auditorium; and construction of a new three-story classroom wing. The building design will restore the most historical elements of the original facility while creating modernized classrooms for students and staff.
“Saturday’s groundbreaking represents an important point in the continuum of a highly collaborative design process involving the Stantec team with the school board, administration, construction manager, teachers, students and a highly involved community,” said Principal Mike Carter, Stantec Architecture. “This process embodies Stantec’s mantra of ‘Design with Community in Mind’ and represents the kind of design process that we strive for. We look forward to the completion of this challenging and exciting project for Chagrin Falls Schools.”
“After attending the groundbreaking ceremony, you can really feel the excitement and support from the students, staff, and community of Chagrin Falls. This new school will provide an updated learning environment for students, faculty, staff and future generations to come. Gilbane is proud to partner with Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools on this exciting project,” said Project Manager Keri Ash, Gilbane Building Company.
“This project is the result of four years of study and planning. For much of this time, our partners at Gilbane and Stantec Architecture were by our side as we evaluated many options prior to bringing one forward to the community. The 66% passage rate indicates that the community is excited and will embrace this new building as a center for education, as well as a gathering place for our community,” said Superintendent Robert Hunt, Chagrin Falls Schools.