Lakeside High School
MKC Associates, Inc. Architects – Engineers – Planners
104 Fair Avenue NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Location: Ashtabula, Ohio
Date Bid: Nov 2004*
Construction Period: July 2004 to Aug 2006
Total Square Feet: 278,479 Site: 123 acres.
Building Size: High school, 240,532; Stadium Locker Room
Building, 6,196; Stadium Concession Building, 3,361; Stadium Bleachers,
24,750; Stadium Ticket Booths, 128; Ball Field Dugouts, 2,432; total,
Building Height: High School, first floor (floor to floor),
13’4”; second floor (floor to truss), 12’8”; total 61’ to top of fly
Basic Construction Type: High School II-B/New
Foundation: Caissons & grade beams.
Exterior Walls: Masonry cavity wall, concrete block, brick, split
face block, limestone. Roof: Fiberglass asphalt shingles,
single-ply EPDM. Floors: Slab on grade, concrete on steel joists
& metal deck, pre-cast.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, CMU.
Structural, Mechanical, Electrical Engineer: MKC Associates, Inc.
Architects – Engineers – Planners - 104 Fair Avenue NE, New
Philadelphia, OH 44663
General Contractor: Blaze Building Corporation - 151 Lou Groza
Boulevard, Berea, OH 44017
Construction Manager/Estimator: Project and Construction
Services, Inc. - 1360 East 9th Street, #910, Cleveland, OH 44114
The dream for a new consolidated high school for the Ashtabula Area City
Schools actually began in 1963 when the district was created through the
consolidation of two existing school districts, Ashtabula City School
District and the Harbor School District. The new Lakeside High School
embraces the Ashtabula Area City Schools community vision for a new high
school to serve not only the academic needs, but also serve all
residents as a community center. This facility responds to the academic,
arts and cultural, and athletic/fitness needs in a complex designed in
the style of architecture predominate to the “Western Reserve” region.
The result is a facility that they can grow with and a source of pride
for the entire community.
The new Lakeside High School, is located in Saybrook Township, halfway
between Cleveland, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. There were numerous site
challenges associated with the project including, extensive wetlands,
poor soils, high water table, and the discovery of a pesky pregnant
Indiana bat who was on the endangered species list.
The new two-story high school’s flexible design can support traditional
high school, or school within a school programming in four independent
“houses”. Science labs, special education, and life science classrooms
are shared at all grade levels, and are centrally located within the
building. Each of the four academic wings is equipped with a
state-of-the art project classroom and computer lab, and all classrooms
are equipped with sound enhancement and interactive computer screens.
The new high school serves as the district’s central technology center
and is equipped with fiber-optic connections to the other buildings in
The facility features a 126-seat large group instruction room that
serves not only the students, but also is available to the business
community for training and seminars. The music, arts, and drama programs
are further buttressed by a 1,000 seat performing arts theater that
contains a 3,659-square-foot stage with state-of-the-art stage
rigging/counterweight systems, an orchestra pit and advanced lighting
control and sound systems, all serving dual purpose as hands-on
technology labs for the students. The performing arts theatre is also
equipped with a scene shop, production lab, green room, dressing rooms,
concession area, and separate lobby. To maintain a secure school
environment, a second community entrance was designed to serve the
theater, large group instruction room, main gym and a media center that
was designed to be operated as a branch library in the future.
The school's onsite athletic complex contains a football/soccer field
with an artificial turf, a rubberized running track, a full-size grass
practice field, a home locker room building, a visitor's locker room
building and concession areas. A 5,200-seat aluminum bleacher structure
allows for larger, region-wide event participation. The athletic complex
also features two baseball fields, two softball fields and one grass
soccer practice field. The site was also designed to leave room for a
future junior high school building with an associated practice field.