Powhatan ElementarySwitzerland, Ohio
U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver
For 40 years, the three different communities comprising the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District had been seeking updated school facilities. Multiple public levies failed for numerous reasons, including community discord, lack of trust, and perceived favoritism. In May of 2009, the River community, the Beallsville community, and the Woodsfield community collectively passed a levy that would combine state funding with local taxes to build six new PK-8 schools and renovate one high school.
The 54,000 SF Powhatan PK-8 school for 350 students, sits atop an overlook with views of a river valley that extends to the Ohio River. Powhatan PK-8 is designed with the elementary classrooms on the first floor and middle school classrooms on the second floor of an academic wing. The academic wing is connected to another wing containing dining, stage, and gymnasium by a central administration and media center two story atrium. The Powhatan students share playground and sports fields, a cafétorium with a double sided stage, opening onto a wood floored gymnasium, a second floor media center, project labs, as well as music and art rooms. The construction of this community beacon cost $9,800,000 and it is LEED Silver Certified.