Oakdale Elementary School

Toledo, Ohio

  • FIRM

    The Collaborative Inc

  • CLIENT

    Toledo Public Schools/Ohio School Facilities Commission

  • AREA

    57,957 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $7,499,923.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    12/2005

Toledo Public Schools’ new Oakdale Elementary School takes cues from its residential surroundings. The design for this educational home for 672 students has a historic schoolhouse feel.

An interior roofline creates a transitional space flooded in daylight at the main entrance. A continuation of the outside entry canopy, the peaked roofline draws visitors into the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$129.40FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas space. Immediately off the lobby, the administrative offices have a direct line of sight to the main doors, adding to the security features of the building, including security cameras throughout. Students from both the bus and parent/faculty dropoff areas enter through this main entrance.

The vaulted common space is highlighted by a second-story window, framed in yellow to infuse the space with color. Brightly colored floors go beyond traditional school colors, exploring a wide range of hues. The multi-colored brick and concrete exterior adds interest and reflects the youthful atmosphere.

The new Oakdale improves upon the overscaled four-story school that previously stood on site. In a gesture of respect, the design preserved pieces of the original school for use in the new school. Decorative medallions adorn the outside, and inside bricks from the former school create a feature wall in the main corridor with an “O” for Oakdale.