Skyvue K-8 SchoolSwitzerland, Ohio
U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver
In May of 2009, the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District passed a levy that would combine state funding with local taxes to build or renovate seven schools.
All of the new buildings’ sites would prove to be challenging due to poor soils, steep topography and remoteness. Trees were cleared, roads were built and earth was moved. Utilities were not available in some cases, requiring waste water treatment plants, high pressure gas lines, and reservoirs for fire suppression.
The new 35,000 SF – $10 million dollar Skyvue K-8 was designed to have the primary classrooms on the first floor, secondary grades and middle school classrooms on the second floor with the music, art and media center rooms stacking on one side of the building as an anchor. The Skyvue children share dining, gymnasium, media center, music and art rooms as well. The new building was built adjacent to the existing school, which was occupied during construction. The school utilized numerous sustainable strategies to achieve a LEED Silver Certification.