Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Cheviot, Price Hill school designs unveiled



By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati Public Schools unveiled designs Monday for a new Price Hill elementary school and renovations for the 77-year-old Cheviot Elementary.

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Renderings show plans for two schools in the Cincinnati Public Schools district: Price Hill (top) and Cheviot (below).
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Designs for Cheviot school gave the community its first look at how the architects will handle renovations of an historic building, and members of the school planning team are already giving the designs their praise.

"I'm sure everyone is going to be very happy with it," said Brenda Manz, chairwoman of the school's decision-making group. "They are going out of their way to match the historic brick and lines so that it blends in."

Both schools are part of a planned districtwide $1 billon reconstruction project, which includes building 35 schools and renovating 31 more.

School officials are asking voters to support a $480 million bond issue May 6 to help finance the project.

The district has enough money to pay for the first phase of the four-phase project. The first phase includes Cheviot Elementary, the new Price Hill elementary and 15 other buildings.

As part of the Cheviot project, a 1950s addition will be torn down and replaced with a 56,000-square-foot addition.

The addition is designed to mirror the historic brick structure built in 1926, and includes vertical windows in proportion to the ones already there, said Michael J. Moose, a principal at Glaserworks, the downtown-based architectural firm that designed the Cheviot renovations.

The 1926 structure, recognizable by the front portico with its Corinthian columns, will be preserved, as will the octagonal brick chimney that is a local landmark.

Capacity will increase from around 300 to 550 students.

Estimated project cost is $14.2 million.

The new 650-student Price Hill school is to be built on a 3.9-acre site where an annex for Whittier Elementary now sits at Considine Avenue.

A new Whittier is planned for the project's second phase.

The new three-story Price Hill school will be about 85,500 square feet and is estimated to cost about $12.8 million.

Architects at McGill Smith Punshon Inc. designed the building with Romanesque elements of former district schools dating from the late 1800s, said Randal G. Merrill, the firm's manager of production for architecture.

Dormers, upright windows on a sloping roof, have been incorporated into the plans to allow natural light to brighten the building.

A 17-member planning team, including teachers, community members and principals from both Whittier and Quebec Heights elementary schools, collaborated on the design.

E-mail jmrozowski@enquirer.com




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