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  Lakeside High School


MKC Associates, Inc. Architects – Engineers – Planners
104 Fair Avenue NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663

General Description

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, 278,479*
Building Height: High School, first floor (floor to floor), 13’4”; second floor (floor to truss), 12’8”; total 61’ to top of fly space.
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.  

Construction Team

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

Lakeside High School, Page 30

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 district.

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.  

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