Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School
Located in Northern Ohio, this local landmark was originally designed to house the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a museum showcasing inventors throughout U.S. history. With un-met expectations the building was repurposed and began a new mission as an innovative public middle school serving grades 5-8. Its new resident, a STEM school, was an appropriate tenant. Their school vision: to provide the highest quality education experience for students ensuring creativity and inventive thinking through a focus on science, mathematics and technology.
"For a school focused on creative problem solving, the design and construction of the school was in itself an example of finding imaginative solutions to complex challenges," commented Scott Lukens, AIA, LEED AP of Hasenstab Architects. Existing on 1.8 acres, with a 35-foot drop in grade from east to west, the architects were challenged to add the additional floor area necessary to the existing facility to meet the space requirements for the new school. The result is a six-story school with two floors falling below ground. As the site is arranged vertically, school grades are divided by floor with the younger students starting on the ground level and progressing upward each year. Taking advantage of the below ground floors, nosier areas such as music rooms, a gym and cafeteria were situated on these lower floors to alleviate sound interference with classrooms.
For the flooring, Lukens was interested in a product that was durable and available in a wide range of colors. "Johnsonite's Roundel Rubber Tiles provided us a longer lasting product with less maintenance requirements compared to alternative flooring materials. We have applied for LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the building addition. The use of this rubber product assisted concerning the recycled materials and rapidly renewable credits for this application."
Other sustainable design features include low-flow plumbing, lighting occupancy sensors, increased use of natural lighting for students via glass and skylights and natural heating/cooling for the below grade classrooms. More than 30% of the building materials are regionally manufactured and harvested and over 30% of the materials are recycled.
City: Akron, Ohio
Type of Project: Renovation
Installation Period: 2008-2009
Architect: Hasenstab Architects, Inc.
General Contractor: Summit Construction Company Inc.
Roundel Rubber Hammered Tiles,
Traditional Wall Base