Colonial Acres Elementary School, Fair Park Elementary and Glenwood Elementary

Marion, Ohio

Recently, the Marion City School District began a campaign to improve its schools. Since Marion is considered a low-wealth district, it qualified to receive funds from the State of Ohio under an assistance program of the Ohio State Facilities Commision. Marion passed the local bond issue of $4.19 million needed to receive the $76 million in aid; $22.5 million was ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY560COST PER SQ FT$113.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress for this project.

Site assessment determined that three elementary schools desperately needed repair, but it would have cost more to renovate than to rebuild. Three new schools will replace Colonial Acres, Fair Park and Glenwood schools.

The main concept for all three schools is a centralized core with two academic wings to form a Y-shape. This will reduce scale and diminish the lengthy corridors found in most schools. Shorter sightlines improve security and create a comfortable and uncomplicated atmosphere for children.

The stem of the “Y” contains the administration, music, art, special education, library, media center, computer lab, gymnasium and cafeteria. Large windows in the administrative offices allow full view of the student and public entries. The cafeteria contains a stage, and is separated from the gym by a movable wall for school functions and community activities.

Each school houses 560 students. All classrooms are wired for a media-retrieval system, and contain a telephone and television.

Color-coded corridors make it easy for children to find their way.