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Posted 8/29/23

Fairport Harbor EVSD Campus Walkthrough

As part of the architectural design process, an animated walkthrough 

for Fairport Harbor’s new school interior was presented at the August 

School Board Meeting. The virtual walkthrough included commentary 

from two high school juniors, Charlie and Hannah.

 

The new Fairport Harbor Exempted School District’s PreK-12 Campus 

116,000 SF building replaces the existing Harding High School, McKinley 

Elementary and attached Fairport Harbor Public Library. This new modern 

educational and library environment will be enjoyed by the community 

and future generations of Fairport Harbor students.

Click here for more info and to find the campus animation.

Posted 8/21/23

CT Taylor has provided some frequently asked questions and answers regarding our construction project.

Groundbreaking Ceremony 5/26/23

Residents, students, teachers, and neighbors from Fairport Harbor gathered on May 26th to commemorate the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the school district’s new 116,000 SF PreK-12 facility. This new school, which is located on the existing Harding High School site, will provide a modern educational environment for future generations of Fairport Harbor students. 

Groundbreaking Video 

This event was the culmination of over ten years of effort led by the district and supported by the local community, teachers, and government officials. The aroma of barbecued hotdogs added to the celebratory atmosphere for the over 200 attendees. 

 

A variety of speakers gave encouraging remarks to memorialize the special occasion, including Harding High School students, and students from McKinley Elementary. 

 
Distinguished guests in attendance included FHEVS Board members Karen Bidlack, Justin Levine, and Board VP William Lukshaw, representatives from C.T. Taylor Construction, Project Manager Dennis Kaplan from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), Lake County Treasurer Michael Zuren, Lake County Commissioners Richard Regovich, John Hamercheck, and John Plecnik, and representing ThenDesign Architecture was Adam Parris. 

 

School Board President Sherry Maruschak commented, “A school is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s the people within it that truly brings it to life.”

The needs of the Fairport Harbor students have eventually outgrown the over 100-year-old buildings, which have stood in the village for generations. Ohio State Representative Daniel Troy noted, “You are able to improve the learning atmosphere for your students here with a new modern facility...and I salute you for voting for the bond issue that made this possible.” 

 

Timothy Manross, Mayor of Fairport Harbor, observed, “This is what this community came together to support. To set the next hundred years in this village.” 

 

The citizens of the Fairport Harbor EVSD community funded this monumental effort by taking on 7% of the cost, with the State of Ohio covering the remaining 93%. 

 

The day was inspiring as Superintendent Domenic Paolo announced that he was proud to serve as a conduit between Fairport's first superintendent, R.A. Greig, and its newest superintendent, Bill Billington, who will begin his position in July. “I am very excited for this opportunity, and I’m very excited to work with all of you.” 

 

VIDEO: Fairport Harbor Animation 

 

Once the project is complete, it will include a new Fairport Harbor Public Library, which will be attached to the main building and is tentatively scheduled to open for the 2025-2026 school year. 

 

Members of ThenDesign Architecture were on site to record the event in video and take photographs of the groundbreaking.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

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2/28/2023 - posted 3/9/2023

 
 
 
 

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230228 - Schematic Design Update 

 

Design Update

February 28th 

 

On Tuesday, February 28th, The Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District met to receive an update on the design progress for the new PreK-12 school. Joined by members of the public and staff from the Fairport Harbor Library, attendees got a preview of what the exterior and site layout of the new school will look like.  

"We designed the ground floor to connect all the major community-oriented spaces together," commented Adam Parris, project manager for the school design. "Students will have access to natural light from the central courtyard and the community will have easy access to the library and other shared spaces." 

 

The new plan presents options to create shared community experiences and better utilize the consolidated resources of the two existing buildings into one central facility.  

 

The architectural team is currently in the "design development" phase, and there is more "fine tuning" that will take place in building plans. 

 

"We have more staff engagements planned as we refine the plans." These engagement sessions are designed to gather feedback from the educators who will use the new building every day.  

 

In addition, the building exterior was developed from a community feedback survey that gathered input from Fairport Harbor residents on their preferences for exterior detailing. Many favored a more modern aesthetic that still had ties back to historic brick patterning found in many buildings in Fairport Harbor.  

 

"Currently we are on track with our schedule and budget, which is great, considering that is a challenge for many projects today," stated Parris. 

 

 

This June, early site work will begin, some existing trees will be cleared, and the grading adjusted so that construction can begin. Additionally, in the coming months, the Fairport Harbor community can look forward to more detailed renderings of the interior of the building, as decisions on materials and layout are finalized 

 

A groundbreaking is planned for May, with more details to follow as plans are finalized for that event. 

If you have specific questions on the construction process, feel free to reach out here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZopbuEzB2J3hW8hzC3c6rH9L5PnAKVi3g8jVELF0D3BjkUw/viewform 

 

To view the building animation visit this link: Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District - PreK-12 Exterior Rendering 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation from Board Meeting February 28, 2023 (posted 3/8/23)

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PRESENTATION

TDA December Update - Posted 1/24/23

Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District – December Update

As the cold winter weather arrives, Fairport Harbor EVSD and the design team have made tremendous progress on designs for the $50 million, 116,000 SF PK-12 school. The new school replaces Harding High School and the elementary school with a single, consolidated facility on the existing high school site. Scheduled to open for the 2025-2026 school year, this new facility features advanced learning environments, updated technology, and modern building systems. While designed specifically for the student population, it also includes space for the attached Fairport Harbor Library.

Since September, designers from ThenDesign Architecture (TDA), the district administration, school board members, and officials from the OFCC have been meeting weekly to discuss plans for the school and work through a variety of details regarding the project. Additionally, a "Construction Leadership" group was formed. Comprised of school personnel, this group works in conjunction with the design team to address specific questions about how the facility can impact current staff and students when it’s completed. Together these two groups provide valuable insight for the architects while they develop plans for the new school.

This November, a variety of important steps were taken in the design process. Several staff engagements were conducted to gather input from educators who will ultimately use the new building. This ensures the finished product addresses the needs of the district. 

To further designs for the library, a presentation by the architect was given to the Library Board on November 8th. This gave them a glimpse into the process and provided a chance to provide feedback. The new library will be attached to the school but still maintain a separate entrance for the public. Working closely with the district, plans are in place so students can continue to use this feature during the school day. 

Improving safety and security is a key priority of this project and in mid-November, the district and safety officials met to discuss how to best incorporate modern security technologies into the school. While there are many new state-of-the-art systems going into it, a key discussion for the district is how they will transition from 2 buildings to 1. This will help simplify some security processes and allow for combined resources to improve this overall aspect of the project. 

With the importance of environmental sustainability, the new school will be LEED silver certified and incorporate many “green features.” An eco-charette was held on November 29th. This is a meeting, where team members review the school’s sustainability approach and plan how it can achieve the required LEED credits to ensure it is a sustainable project. Sustainable features include mapping out the building’s heating and cooling systems, an efficient lighting strategy, while providing flexible outdoor playgrounds and easy site accessibility. 

Also in November, Osborn Engineering was selected as the "Commission Agent" for the project. They will ensure the district's needs are met and provide oversight during the construction project. Bringing them into the design process now allows them to best understand and represent the district during key milestones in construction.

All this design input culminated in the first, early set of initial drawings, called “schematic design drawings.” These rough drawings enable architects to do initial cost estimates for the entire project and serve as a foundation to continue the work. They will be refined in the next phase "design development," to better conform to the project budget and needs of the school. CT Taylor, the Construction Manager, will be using these to compile the cost estimates. 

As the winter progresses, additional staff engagements will occur as design development gets underway. This iterative refinement process ensures all the needs of the many stakeholder groups are met. 

Looking ahead to the new year, CT Taylor, in conjunction with TDA, will host a construction overview meeting to go through the details of construction and what residents should expect during that period. As design development culminates, we look forward to reporting back on plans and renderings of the new school.  

We encourage all community members interested in this project to attend the monthly Board of Education meetings. Architects present updates on the new school building design and offer opportunities to ask questions, becoming more informed on how this project is providing a better educational environment for the students of Fairport Harbor EVSD. 

Download Memorandum Here
 

Click HERE to review the Vision Report.

Posted 6/20/22- Educational Visioning Memorandum 

Subject:

Fairport Harbor EVSD – Educational Visioning Update

Fairport Harbor EVSD – Educational Visioning Update

On June 6th, members of the Fairport Harbor EVSD administration, educators, village services, parents, and students gathered to attend an Educational Visioning Session hosted by ThenDesign Architecture. This all-day session focused on collaboration and brainstorming on designs for their new school, impact on the community, and how it will improve students education in the District.  

Superintendent Domenic Paola commented: "Today we came together with members of the community and stakeholders in this project to begin the process of creating a vision for this school."  

With over 70 in attendance, everyone had a say in the design activities throughout the day. "'Collaboration' is how we make progress in Fairport Harbor. I often refer to it as the engine that drives us. Everything we have accomplished in the District is a result of it and with Visioning today, that is definitely the case."

The new 116,000 sf PreK-12 will be located on the existing Harding High School site. It will replace the two aging buildings in the District and provide a modern educational environment which is better positioned to accommodate personalized student needs and foster learning and collaboration.

Visioning Process

The day was broken up into various exercises geared towards educating stakeholders on the challenges and successes of existing facilities and drawing out their feedback on design priorities. Attendees experimented with spatial relationships inside the building and attempted to organize the major building sections on the site.   

Early in the day, principals from Fairport Harbor, Katie Rumbarger, the Harding High School Principal, and Heidi Elmore, the McKinley Elementary School Principal, covered the limitations of the over 100-year-old buildings, then the Superintendent, followed by encouraging attendees to think differently about how different sized spaces can be better used for personalized learning. This stands in contrast to having the same sized classrooms throughout. Programs such as art, technology, and robotics can all benefit from 

Katie commented, "In our school district we focus on personalized learning. We focus on what every student needs and I feel like our spaces aren't now adaptable for that." Educators are looking forward to having different spaces to tailor their educational approach. "What we are doing in the classroom everyday doesn't fit our environment. So, by going through this process, we can personalize our spaces to fit the needs of our students." 

Design Activities

Activities throughout the day were designed to build off one another, with each one informing of the next activity in the layout of the new school. This information is invaluable to the architectural design process since it demonstrates the stakeholder priorities on spatial relationships, building massing, and space usage. 

Heidi Elmore, principal of the McKinley Elementary, shared, "It was a great first step to get different peoples perspectives. This is a starting point but helpful to hear a variety of ideas and understand what is important to the different groups." 

Attendees were split up into tables of 8 and given the opportunity to organize the interior layout of the school. Using paper cutouts scaled in relation to each other and the new school, the groups discussed how the pieces could be arranged that best suited how they saw the school functioning. They then reported out the decision to the group and took questions from designers. This activity was designed to spark conversation about how they saw spaces interacting in their PreK-12 school.  

Another activity allowed the groups to then arrange that spatial diagram in 3D. Using colored blocks that represented the square footage of their school program, they tried to fit their building on the site, while maintaining the spatial relationships from the earlier activity. This was a challenge for many. 

Also attending the meeting was the Village Mayor, chief of police, and fire chief, who provided input on safety and security issues, traffic flow, building a presence in a residential neighborhood, and the importance this project represented to the community.   

Next Steps

With Educational Visioning complete, the design team is compiling a summary of the day's activities and outcome report to be viewed by the community. The outcomes of these activities help inform the new school's design.  

Many were optimistic about how this new building will help educators expand the programs they currently offer. 

Bill Lukshaw, a Board of Education member deeply involved in the process commented, "When I joined the Board, I wanted to make sure every student had the opportunity for a quality education. This new school building will further this mission." 

For students who are used to buildings over 100 years old, the upgraded environment and new technology will be a welcome change.  

"Students will have state-of-the-art facilities which will help individual students go further in their education." Reflecting on his time in school, Bill commented, "I wish I had those same opportunities with technology and specialized learning. Perhaps I would have gone further, but now, I am determined to provide that for others." 

This summer, architects will begin the schematic design phase. During this phase, initial plans are developed which can then be used for cost estimation. 

 Later this fall, the team plans to engage with educators to better understand their individual needs for their inclusion in the new plans. 

Look forward to the compiled Educational Visioning Report in late July!

 

Posted 5/24/22- Meet The Architects Memorandum 

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Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools Moves Forward With Design of New PreK-12 School

Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools Moves Forward With Design of New PreK-12 School

"On May 10th, members of the Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District, the Fairport Harbor Public Library, and community members gathered to hear about the design process for the new 116,000 sf, $50 million Prek-12 school.”

 On May 10th, members of the Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District and Board of Education, representatives from the Fairport Harbor Public Library, community members and students gathered in the Harding Auditorium to hear representatives of ThenDesign Architecture (TDA) explain the design process for the new school, talk through the project scope, while providing an opportunity for questions.

The new 116,000 sf school will be located on the existing site for Harding High School. The $50 million project will serve as a PreK-12 school, consolidating the existing high school, junior high and elementary into one building. It will include a new Fairport Harbor Public Library which will be attached to the main building and is tentatively scheduled to open for the 2025-2026 school year.

Roots of the Fairport Harbor School Construction Project

The District embarked on this project almost 5 years ago in 2017, as they began exploring options for new facilities. 

Domenic Paolo, superintendent of Fairport Harbor Schools commented, "This has been an exciting time for me, it has been a dream of mine for years to get to this point. Our architects, ThenDesign Architecture, worked with us in planning for this bond issue and are ready to start designing our new school."

At the outset of the project, a master planning process set the vision for this project. 

District administrators and board members led the first meeting which was attended by 37 stakeholders from the community in February of 2017. This group began to explore options to replace the District’s aging infrastructure and then communicate on the District’s needs. 

TDA was then hired to validate the District’s building assessments from 2008. This validation process included tours of the buildings for deficiencies, identifying the costs to correct issues, and then incorporating those findings into the official Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) assessment reports. Since the cost to renovate was over 2/3 the cost of new construction, the District pursued a new building.  

Throughout 2018-2021, TDA and the facility committee explored a variety of site and master plan options for the new consolidated school. Although some sites seemed to offer greater advantages, such as flat ample acreage, there were usually other challenges associated, such as presence of hazardous materials, which ruled out feasibility. 

Ultimately, the existing Harding High School site was deemed as the most appropriate.

VIDEO: MEET THE ARCHITECT LIVESTREAM

Developing Plans

A careful and thoughtful plan was developed and vetted by key stakeholders which included the facility planning committee, the board of education, the District, TDA, and the OFCC. In fact, OFCC Senior Planner, Bill Prenosil commended the in-depth plan, noting that the project “was likely the most complex, but well thought out planning effort he has worked on to-date.” 

In November 2021, the Fairport Harbor School District passed a bond issue to generate $5 million dollars which would go towards the construction of a new PreK-12 school. By participating with the State of Ohio through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, the District qualified for state assistance to fund 93% of the total school construction. 

At the May 10th meeting, Cheryl Fisher, an educational planner with TDA commented, "I want to give you what we hope is really exciting news. When we passed the bond in November 2021, we weren't anticipating the state to provide their 93% for another year or two or three." 

This could mean that the District would have to, per the OFCC, construct a small portion of the building, then wait for state funding to construct the remaining portion. 

Fisher continues, "What we have heard since then is that all of the "stages are set" and we are hopeful for the OFCC funding to come in as early as July 2022. So, that eliminates the need to do a segmented portion of the project, and we can do the entire design of the PreK-12 project at once. That's very, very exciting news for the community."

If the OFCC fully funds the project in July, the new school will be built all at once, instead of phasing the construction over several years. 

Project Site

The new school will be constructed on the south side of the existing Harding High School site.

Adam Parris, project manager for the new school commented, "The plan is to use the existing high school and middle school building during the two years of construction, then demolish the old building once the new building is complete." 

This is common for projects built near existing schools. 

Parris continues, "Students won't be using a "swing space" or be moved off-campus during the project. Construction and education will happen on the same site for two years."

Formal traffic and site studies will be carried out at the beginning of the project to ensure the feasibility of the site. 

"This is a challenging site, as you can see, the existing school takes up a portion of the site and the gym addition is facing the football field. We're fairly limited to what we can do. As architects, we love challenges, and this site has its fair share of challenges."

Despite the current construction climate, the team is confident the school and library project will fit on the site and work within the established budget.

POWERPOINT: MEET THE ARCHITECT PRESENTATION

 

 

Next Steps

An Educational Visioning Session will be conducted in the beginning of June. Visioning is a collaborative event and its purpose is to allow architects, the School District, the Board of Education, and key stakeholders to imagine how a new school can provide a better educational environment for students and the community. Information is gathered to establish project goals, outline design challenges, and provide a glimpse into how this project furthers the mission of the school district. 

A detailed report will be released after this event on the District’s website.

Over the summer, the design team will spend time putting together building components and initial plans for the new school. Educator and further community events are planned for the fall of 2022. This crucial feedback informs the overall layout and design of the new school. As schematic design continues, and building plans take shape, other municipal stakeholders are engaged.

For those with questions or feedback on the project, please visit the District's website to learn more, or submit any questions and feedback you have. 

Posted 5/3/22

Edited 5/10/22 to add Zoom Link:

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Curious about the development of Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District’s new PK-12? Join us on May 10th at 6:00 pm in the Fairport Harding Theatre to see what is in store for this exciting new project! Meet the team, share any questions you have, and learn how to stay informed throughout the process. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Posted 3/30/22

 

Posted 2/15/22

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes can be found here.

The board will meet at the Harding High Auditorium to hear presentations from architect firms chosen by the school board for proposals for the Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP). 

The meeting is open to the public for observations only and will allow board members to ask questions after each presentation.  The architect firms will present information on their experience of design as well as their design process.  There will be no action taken at tonight’s meeting, but the board will be asked to choose a firm at an upcoming board meeting. Public Board Meetings, 2/22/22, 2/24/22, 2/28/22

Posted 1/24/22

Click HERE to view the Building Project Timeline.

* The project schedule is preliminary and is subject to change.

FHS Timeline Building Project

11/24/21 Posted RFQ

The Board of Education of the Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District, Ohio (the “Owner”) in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Sections 153.65 through 153.71 intends to contract with a professional design firm for professional design services (“Professional Design Services”) in connection with the Project as described below.

Click HERE to view the request.

Firms interested in being considered should reply with one (1) PDF electronic copy via email not later than 12:00 Noon EST on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Statements of qualifications received after this date and time will not be accepted. Statements of qualifications should be sent to the attention of:

Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District 329 Vine Street Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077 Attention: Sherry Williamson, Treasurer Email: swilliamson@fhevs.org 


Bond Issue 3 passed, now what?

I wanted to take a moment to thank our school district’s voters for helping shape the future of our schools. This continues a tradition of support in our schools and assures a lasting legacy of academic excellence and opportunities for our students, staff, and community.

Our next steps with our ELPP (Expedited Local Partnership Program) project remain in local control because we are not yet accessing Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) funds. While waiting for our funding turn with the OFCC, we will prepare our request for qualifications (RFQ) and Construction Manager at risk.  The selection of our design and construction teams is our immediate focus.  Our district will still lean on the OFCC as a consultant during the ELPP phase.  We hope to have the RFQ finalized and ready to advertise the week of November 29, 2021.  FHEVS will run the RFQ on their social media pages, local website and post it on the OFCC website for architects and invite them to apply. Once we have scored the most qualified architects, the top three will move on for an interview with the Board.   FHEVS plans to secure the project architect by the end of January or the beginning of February 2022. 

After securing the architect, working with bond counsel, we will determine the bond amount needed for phase one of the project.   Exciting times ahead, we are looking forward to the journey as we move forward.

I am sure I speak for all of the Friends of Fairport Harbor Schools when I thank you for your support, trust, and the yes votes that made this dream a reality!   

Best Regards,

Domenic Paolo

Superintendent

Then Design Presentation from BOE Meeting 4/27/21

Presentation from Cheryl Fisher from ThenDesign Architecture 5/26/2020

Click here to watch Cheryl Fisher update the building project 5.26.20

Building Project Community Meeting - Oct. 9, 2018

March 26, 2018 Board Meeting - Building Project - Facilities Update

February 2017 Building Project Flyer

Visioning Report

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Visual Preference Survey Results 4.25.23

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System User

OVERVIEW:
We believe that school facilities are community
buildings that should reflect the neighborhood
where they are constructed.
The Visual Preference Survey is used by the
designers at ThenDesign Architecture (TDA) to
better understand the preferred design style
for the exterior of the new K-12 campus
in Fairport Harbor.
A survey of 20 sets of images (40 images
total) of different school facilities were
presented for respondents to consider.
Respondents had the opportunity to select
from and comment on building features such
as design style, building materials, number of
floors, window styles, colors, patterns,
and playgrounds.
The results found in this report reflect the
design preferences of 152 respondents from
Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School
District’s community.
TDA’s design team has reviewed the survey
results, and have incorporated the feedback
into the design of the building.

Click HERE to review the results of the survey.  

Meet the CMR

System User

Thank you to those who attended the Construction Manager at Risk community meeting.  We were delighted to see such a great turnout for this important event.

As you all know, the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) model has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it provides a collaborative and cost-effective approach to construction projects. This method allows for greater collaboration between the owner, architect, and contractor, resulting in a more efficient and successful project.  Let us work together to create a more efficient and successful construction industry.  We hope you find this meeting informative and productive.

Let's meet the TEAM!

Adam Parris  ThenDesign TDA -  Registered Architect

CT Taylor

VP of Operations, Matt Collier

Project Management Lead, Ryan Fink

Superintendent - Steve Duhart

Business Engineer - Bryan Jackson 

and President John Hitchcock.  

Click HERE to review the presentation from May 1, 2023, Meet the CMR Public Meeting.  

Meet the CMR

Q & A

System User

An important distinction in school finance is operating expenses vs facility expenses.
Every dollar that moves through our district is audited and its use is defined. Federal
dollars are spent on federal programs, and grant dollars support identified objectives.
While we have secured a generous state investment in our new buildings, those dollars
can’t fund day-to-day operations.

System User

Since its creation, the public library and the school have shared a common mission and
have had a positive and productive relationship. The school offers the library financial
support by charging $1 for an annual lease and providing maintenance and utilities at
no additional charge. While approved by the school board, the library board operates
independently regarding staffing and material investments. It’s these operating
expenses that the library is looking to expand.

System User

● Passage of Issue 3 will ensure we have the resources and staffing we need to
actively pursue continuous improvement and secure programs like International
Baccalaureate, Early College and Career initiatives, and continue the policy of,
“no pay to participate.”
● The past two years have witnessed a significant improvement in the financial
outlook of our district. Our current five-year financial projection has the district
generating a financial safety net. The passage of this substitute levy and a continued conservative approach to spending may make this the last financial ask from the community for quite a while.

System User

● The district currently has two emergency levies, first passed in 2008 and 2010
with a millage rate of 4.93 and 6.52 mills, respectively. These two levies generate
$790,000 annually for our schools and represents a significant percentage of our
operating capital.
● Our substitute levy would combine these two emergency levies at a millage rate
of 11.45 mills into a continuous levy at a millage rate of 9.95 mills. Collection at
this lower rate would start immediately after the successful passage of Issue 3.
● Were Issue 3 not to pass, we would still pursue renewal of the existing emergency
levies but will not be able to modify millage, they would have to stay at the
original rate.

 Excited to learn more about the upcoming FHEVS Building Project? 

All updates will be posted on this page.

Construction Update 11/25/23

Construction Update 11/7/23
Construction Update 10/18/23

Construction Update 9/25/23

Posted 8/29/23

Fairport Harbor EVSD Campus Walkthrough

As part of the architectural design process, an animated walkthrough 

for Fairport Harbor’s new school interior was presented at the August 

School Board Meeting. The virtual walkthrough included commentary 

from two high school juniors, Charlie and Hannah.

 

The new Fairport Harbor Exempted School District’s PreK-12 Campus 

116,000 SF building replaces the existing Harding High School, McKinley 

Elementary and attached Fairport Harbor Public Library. This new modern 

educational and library environment will be enjoyed by the community 

and future generations of Fairport Harbor students.

Click here for more info and to find the campus animation.

 

Posted 8/21/23

CT Taylor has provided some frequently asked questions and answers regarding our construction project.

Groundbreaking Ceremony 5/26/23

Residents, students, teachers, and neighbors from Fairport Harbor gathered on May 26th to commemorate the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the school district’s new 116,000 SF PreK-12 facility. This new school, which is located on the existing Harding High School site, will provide a modern educational environment for future generations of Fairport Harbor students. 

Groundbreaking Video 

This event was the culmination of over ten years of effort led by the district and supported by the local community, teachers, and government officials. The aroma of barbecued hotdogs added to the celebratory atmosphere for the over 200 attendees. 

 

A variety of speakers gave encouraging remarks to memorialize the special occasion, including Harding High School students, and students from McKinley Elementary. 

 
Distinguished guests in attendance included FHEVS Board members Karen Bidlack, Justin Levine, and Board VP William Lukshaw, representatives from C.T. Taylor Construction, Project Manager Dennis Kaplan from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), Lake County Treasurer Michael Zuren, Lake County Commissioners Richard Regovich, John Hamercheck, and John Plecnik, and representing ThenDesign Architecture was Adam Parris. 

 

School Board President Sherry Maruschak commented, “A school is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s the people within it that truly brings it to life.”

The needs of the Fairport Harbor students have eventually outgrown the over 100-year-old buildings, which have stood in the village for generations. Ohio State Representative Daniel Troy noted, “You are able to improve the learning atmosphere for your students here with a new modern facility...and I salute you for voting for the bond issue that made this possible.” 

 

Timothy Manross, Mayor of Fairport Harbor, observed, “This is what this community came together to support. To set the next hundred years in this village.” 

 

The citizens of the Fairport Harbor EVSD community funded this monumental effort by taking on 7% of the cost, with the State of Ohio covering the remaining 93%. 

 

The day was inspiring as Superintendent Domenic Paolo announced that he was proud to serve as a conduit between Fairport's first superintendent, R.A. Greig, and its newest superintendent, Bill Billington, who will begin his position in July. “I am very excited for this opportunity, and I’m very excited to work with all of you.” 

 

VIDEO: Fairport Harbor Animation 

 

Once the project is complete, it will include a new Fairport Harbor Public Library, which will be attached to the main building and is tentatively scheduled to open for the 2025-2026 school year. 

 

Members of ThenDesign Architecture were on site to record the event in video and take photographs of the groundbreaking.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

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2/28/2023 - posted 3/9/2023

 
 
 
 

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230228 - Schematic Design Update 

Design Update

February 28th 

 

On Tuesday, February 28th, The Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District met to receive an update on the design progress for the new PreK-12 school. Joined by members of the public and staff from the Fairport Harbor Library, attendees got a preview of what the exterior and site layout of the new school will look like.  

 
 

"We designed the ground floor to connect all the major community-oriented spaces together," commented Adam Parris, project manager for the school design. "Students will have access to natural light from the central courtyard and the community will have easy access to the library and other shared spaces." 

 

The new plan presents options to create shared community experiences and better utilize the consolidated resources of the two existing buildings into one central facility.  

 

The architectural team is currently in the "design development" phase, and there is more "fine tuning" that will take place in building plans. 

 

"We have more staff engagements planned as we refine the plans." These engagement sessions are designed to gather feedback from the educators who will use the new building every day.  

 

In addition, the building exterior was developed from a community feedback survey that gathered input from Fairport Harbor residents on their preferences for exterior detailing. Many favored a more modern aesthetic that still had ties back to historic brick patterning found in many buildings in Fairport Harbor.  

 

"Currently we are on track with our schedule and budget, which is great, considering that is a challenge for many projects today," stated Parris. 

 

 

This June, early site work will begin, some existing trees will be cleared, and the grading adjusted so that construction can begin. Additionally, in the coming months, the Fairport Harbor community can look forward to more detailed renderings of the interior of the building, as decisions on materials and layout are finalized 

 

A groundbreaking is planned for May, with more details to follow as plans are finalized for that event. 

If you have specific questions on the construction process, feel free to reach out here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZopbuEzB2J3hW8hzC3c6rH9L5PnAKVi3g8jVELF0D3BjkUw/viewform 

 

To view the building animation visit this link: Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District - PreK-12 Exterior Rendering 

 

 

 

 

Presentation from Board Meeting February 28, 2023 (posted 3/8/23)

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PRESENTATION

TDA December Update - Posted 1/24/23

Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District – December Update

As the cold winter weather arrives, Fairport Harbor EVSD and the design team have made tremendous progress on designs for the $50 million, 116,000 SF PK-12 school. The new school replaces Harding High School and the elementary school with a single, consolidated facility on the existing high school site. Scheduled to open for the 2025-2026 school year, this new facility features advanced learning environments, updated technology, and modern building systems. While designed specifically for the student population, it also includes space for the attached Fairport Harbor Library.

Since September, designers from ThenDesign Architecture (TDA), the district administration, school board members, and officials from the OFCC have been meeting weekly to discuss plans for the school and work through a variety of details regarding the project. Additionally, a "Construction Leadership" group was formed. Comprised of school personnel, this group works in conjunction with the design team to address specific questions about how the facility can impact current staff and students when it’s completed. Together these two groups provide valuable insight for the architects while they develop plans for the new school.

This November, a variety of important steps were taken in the design process. Several staff engagements were conducted to gather input from educators who will ultimately use the new building. This ensures the finished product addresses the needs of the district. 

To further designs for the library, a presentation by the architect was given to the Library Board on November 8th. This gave them a glimpse into the process and provided a chance to provide feedback. The new library will be attached to the school but still maintain a separate entrance for the public. Working closely with the district, plans are in place so students can continue to use this feature during the school day. 

Improving safety and security is a key priority of this project and in mid-November, the district and safety officials met to discuss how to best incorporate modern security technologies into the school. While there are many new state-of-the-art systems going into it, a key discussion for the district is how they will transition from 2 buildings to 1. This will help simplify some security processes and allow for combined resources to improve this overall aspect of the project. 

With the importance of environmental sustainability, the new school will be LEED silver certified and incorporate many “green features.” An eco-charette was held on November 29th. This is a meeting, where team members review the school’s sustainability approach and plan how it can achieve the required LEED credits to ensure it is a sustainable project. Sustainable features include mapping out the building’s heating and cooling systems, an efficient lighting strategy, while providing flexible outdoor playgrounds and easy site accessibility. 

Also in November, Osborn Engineering was selected as the "Commission Agent" for the project. They will ensure the district's needs are met and provide oversight during the construction project. Bringing them into the design process now allows them to best understand and represent the district during key milestones in construction.

All this design input culminated in the first, early set of initial drawings, called “schematic design drawings.” These rough drawings enable architects to do initial cost estimates for the entire project and serve as a foundation to continue the work. They will be refined in the next phase "design development," to better conform to the project budget and needs of the school. CT Taylor, the Construction Manager, will be using these to compile the cost estimates. 

As the winter progresses, additional staff engagements will occur as design development gets underway. This iterative refinement process ensures all the needs of the many stakeholder groups are met. 

Looking ahead to the new year, CT Taylor, in conjunction with TDA, will host a construction overview meeting to go through the details of construction and what residents should expect during that period. As design development culminates, we look forward to reporting back on plans and renderings of the new school.  

We encourage all community members interested in this project to attend the monthly Board of Education meetings. Architects present updates on the new school building design and offer opportunities to ask questions, becoming more informed on how this project is providing a better educational environment for the students of Fairport Harbor EVSD. 

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Posted 6/20/22- Educational Visioning Memorandum 

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Fairport Harbor EVSD – Educational Visioning Update

Fairport Harbor EVSD – Educational Visioning Update

On June 6th, members of the Fairport Harbor EVSD administration, educators, village services, parents, and students gathered to attend an Educational Visioning Session hosted by ThenDesign Architecture. This all-day session focused on collaboration and brainstorming on designs for their new school, impact on the community, and how it will improve students education in the District.  

Superintendent Domenic Paola commented: "Today we came together with members of the community and stakeholders in this project to begin the process of creating a vision for this school."  

With over 70 in attendance, everyone had a say in the design activities throughout the day. "'Collaboration' is how we make progress in Fairport Harbor. I often refer to it as the engine that drives us. Everything we have accomplished in the District is a result of it and with Visioning today, that is definitely the case."

The new 116,000 sf PreK-12 will be located on the existing Harding High School site. It will replace the two aging buildings in the District and provide a modern educational environment which is better positioned to accommodate personalized student needs and foster learning and collaboration.

Visioning Process

The day was broken up into various exercises geared towards educating stakeholders on the challenges and successes of existing facilities and drawing out their feedback on design priorities. Attendees experimented with spatial relationships inside the building and attempted to organize the major building sections on the site.   

Early in the day, principals from Fairport Harbor, Katie Rumbarger, the Harding High School Principal, and Heidi Elmore, the McKinley Elementary School Principal, covered the limitations of the over 100-year-old buildings, then the Superintendent, followed by encouraging attendees to think differently about how different sized spaces can be better used for personalized learning. This stands in contrast to having the same sized classrooms throughout. Programs such as art, technology, and robotics can all benefit from 

Katie commented, "In our school district we focus on personalized learning. We focus on what every student needs and I feel like our spaces aren't now adaptable for that." Educators are looking forward to having different spaces to tailor their educational approach. "What we are doing in the classroom everyday doesn't fit our environment. So, by going through this process, we can personalize our spaces to fit the needs of our students." 

Design Activities

Activities throughout the day were designed to build off one another, with each one informing of the next activity in the layout of the new school. This information is invaluable to the architectural design process since it demonstrates the stakeholder priorities on spatial relationships, building massing, and space usage. 

Heidi Elmore, principal of the McKinley Elementary, shared, "It was a great first step to get different peoples perspectives. This is a starting point but helpful to hear a variety of ideas and understand what is important to the different groups." 

Attendees were split up into tables of 8 and given the opportunity to organize the interior layout of the school. Using paper cutouts scaled in relation to each other and the new school, the groups discussed how the pieces could be arranged that best suited how they saw the school functioning. They then reported out the decision to the group and took questions from designers. This activity was designed to spark conversation about how they saw spaces interacting in their PreK-12 school.  

Another activity allowed the groups to then arrange that spatial diagram in 3D. Using colored blocks that represented the square footage of their school program, they tried to fit their building on the site, while maintaining the spatial relationships from the earlier activity. This was a challenge for many. 

Also attending the meeting was the Village Mayor, chief of police, and fire chief, who provided input on safety and security issues, traffic flow, building a presence in a residential neighborhood, and the importance this project represented to the community.   

Next Steps

With Educational Visioning complete, the design team is compiling a summary of the day's activities and outcome report to be viewed by the community. The outcomes of these activities help inform the new school's design.  

Many were optimistic about how this new building will help educators expand the programs they currently offer. 

Bill Lukshaw, a Board of Education member deeply involved in the process commented, "When I joined the Board, I wanted to make sure every student had the opportunity for a quality education. This new school building will further this mission." 

For students who are used to buildings over 100 years old, the upgraded environment and new technology will be a welcome change.  

"Students will have state-of-the-art facilities which will help individual students go further in their education." Reflecting on his time in school, Bill commented, "I wish I had those same opportunities with technology and specialized learning. Perhaps I would have gone further, but now, I am determined to provide that for others." 

This summer, architects will begin the schematic design phase. During this phase, initial plans are developed which can then be used for cost estimation. 

 Later this fall, the team plans to engage with educators to better understand their individual needs for their inclusion in the new plans. 

Look forward to the compiled Educational Visioning Report in late July!

 

Posted 5/24/22- Meet The Architects Memorandum 

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Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools Moves Forward With Design of New PreK-12 School

Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools Moves Forward With Design of New PreK-12 School

"On May 10th, members of the Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District, the Fairport Harbor Public Library, and community members gathered to hear about the design process for the new 116,000 sf, $50 million Prek-12 school.”

 On May 10th, members of the Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District and Board of Education, representatives from the Fairport Harbor Public Library, community members and students gathered in the Harding Auditorium to hear representatives of ThenDesign Architecture (TDA) explain the design process for the new school, talk through the project scope, while providing an opportunity for questions.

The new 116,000 sf school will be located on the existing site for Harding High School. The $50 million project will serve as a PreK-12 school, consolidating the existing high school, junior high and elementary into one building. It will include a new Fairport Harbor Public Library which will be attached to the main building and is tentatively scheduled to open for the 2025-2026 school year.

Roots of the Fairport Harbor School Construction Project

The District embarked on this project almost 5 years ago in 2017, as they began exploring options for new facilities. 

Domenic Paolo, superintendent of Fairport Harbor Schools commented, "This has been an exciting time for me, it has been a dream of mine for years to get to this point. Our architects, ThenDesign Architecture, worked with us in planning for this bond issue and are ready to start designing our new school."

At the outset of the project, a master planning process set the vision for this project. 

District administrators and board members led the first meeting which was attended by 37 stakeholders from the community in February of 2017. This group began to explore options to replace the District’s aging infrastructure and then communicate on the District’s needs. 

TDA was then hired to validate the District’s building assessments from 2008. This validation process included tours of the buildings for deficiencies, identifying the costs to correct issues, and then incorporating those findings into the official Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) assessment reports. Since the cost to renovate was over 2/3 the cost of new construction, the District pursued a new building.  

Throughout 2018-2021, TDA and the facility committee explored a variety of site and master plan options for the new consolidated school. Although some sites seemed to offer greater advantages, such as flat ample acreage, there were usually other challenges associated, such as presence of hazardous materials, which ruled out feasibility. 

Ultimately, the existing Harding High School site was deemed as the most appropriate.

VIDEO: MEET THE ARCHITECT LIVESTREAM

Developing Plans

A careful and thoughtful plan was developed and vetted by key stakeholders which included the facility planning committee, the board of education, the District, TDA, and the OFCC. In fact, OFCC Senior Planner, Bill Prenosil commended the in-depth plan, noting that the project “was likely the most complex, but well thought out planning effort he has worked on to-date.” 

In November 2021, the Fairport Harbor School District passed a bond issue to generate $5 million dollars which would go towards the construction of a new PreK-12 school. By participating with the State of Ohio through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, the District qualified for state assistance to fund 93% of the total school construction. 

At the May 10th meeting, Cheryl Fisher, an educational planner with TDA commented, "I want to give you what we hope is really exciting news. When we passed the bond in November 2021, we weren't anticipating the state to provide their 93% for another year or two or three." 

This could mean that the District would have to, per the OFCC, construct a small portion of the building, then wait for state funding to construct the remaining portion. 

Fisher continues, "What we have heard since then is that all of the "stages are set" and we are hopeful for the OFCC funding to come in as early as July 2022. So, that eliminates the need to do a segmented portion of the project, and we can do the entire design of the PreK-12 project at once. That's very, very exciting news for the community."

If the OFCC fully funds the project in July, the new school will be built all at once, instead of phasing the construction over several years. 

Project Site

The new school will be constructed on the south side of the existing Harding High School site.

Adam Parris, project manager for the new school commented, "The plan is to use the existing high school and middle school building during the two years of construction, then demolish the old building once the new building is complete." 

This is common for projects built near existing schools. 

Parris continues, "Students won't be using a "swing space" or be moved off-campus during the project. Construction and education will happen on the same site for two years."

Formal traffic and site studies will be carried out at the beginning of the project to ensure the feasibility of the site. 

"This is a challenging site, as you can see, the existing school takes up a portion of the site and the gym addition is facing the football field. We're fairly limited to what we can do. As architects, we love challenges, and this site has its fair share of challenges."

Despite the current construction climate, the team is confident the school and library project will fit on the site and work within the established budget.

POWERPOINT: MEET THE ARCHITECT PRESENTATION

Next Steps

An Educational Visioning Session will be conducted in the beginning of June. Visioning is a collaborative event and its purpose is to allow architects, the School District, the Board of Education, and key stakeholders to imagine how a new school can provide a better educational environment for students and the community. Information is gathered to establish project goals, outline design challenges, and provide a glimpse into how this project furthers the mission of the school district. 

A detailed report will be released after this event on the District’s website.

Over the summer, the design team will spend time putting together building components and initial plans for the new school. Educator and further community events are planned for the fall of 2022. This crucial feedback informs the overall layout and design of the new school. As schematic design continues, and building plans take shape, other municipal stakeholders are engaged.

For those with questions or feedback on the project, please visit the District's website to learn more, or submit any questions and feedback you have. 

Posted 5/3/22

Edited 5/10/22 to add Zoom Link:

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Curious about the development of Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District’s new PK-12? Join us on May 10th at 6:00 pm in the Fairport Harding Theatre to see what is in store for this exciting new project! Meet the team, share any questions you have, and learn how to stay informed throughout the process. We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted 3/30/22

Posted 2/15/22

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes can be found here.

The board will meet at the Harding High Auditorium to hear presentations from architect firms chosen by the school board for proposals for the Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP). 

The meeting is open to the public for observations only and will allow board members to ask questions after each presentation.  The architect firms will present information on their experience of design as well as their design process.  There will be no action taken at tonight’s meeting, but the board will be asked to choose a firm at an upcoming board meeting. Public Board Meetings, 2/22/22, 2/24/22, 2/28/22

Posted 1/24/22

Click HERE to view the Building Project Timeline.

* The project schedule is preliminary and is subject to change.

FHS Timeline Building Project

11/24/21 Posted RFQ

The Board of Education of the Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District, Ohio (the “Owner”) in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Sections 153.65 through 153.71 intends to contract with a professional design firm for professional design services (“Professional Design Services”) in connection with the Project as described below.

Click HERE to view the request.

Firms interested in being considered should reply with one (1) PDF electronic copy via email not later than 12:00 Noon EST on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Statements of qualifications received after this date and time will not be accepted. Statements of qualifications should be sent to the attention of:

Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District 329 Vine Street Fairport Harbor, Ohio 44077 Attention: Sherry Williamson, Treasurer Email: swilliamson@fhevs.org 


Bond Issue 3 passed, now what?

I wanted to take a moment to thank our school district’s voters for helping shape the future of our schools. This continues a tradition of support in our schools and assures a lasting legacy of academic excellence and opportunities for our students, staff, and community.

Our next steps with our ELPP (Expedited Local Partnership Program) project remain in local control because we are not yet accessing Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) funds. While waiting for our funding turn with the OFCC, we will prepare our request for qualifications (RFQ) and Construction Manager at risk.  The selection of our design and construction teams is our immediate focus.  Our district will still lean on the OFCC as a consultant during the ELPP phase.  We hope to have the RFQ finalized and ready to advertise the week of November 29, 2021.  FHEVS will run the RFQ on their social media pages, local website and post it on the OFCC website for architects and invite them to apply. Once we have scored the most qualified architects, the top three will move on for an interview with the Board.   FHEVS plans to secure the project architect by the end of January or the beginning of February 2022. 

After securing the architect, working with bond counsel, we will determine the bond amount needed for phase one of the project.   Exciting times ahead, we are looking forward to the journey as we move forward.

I am sure I speak for all of the Friends of Fairport Harbor Schools when I thank you for your support, trust, and the yes votes that made this dream a reality!   

Best Regards,

Domenic Paolo

Superintendent

Then Design Presentation from BOE Meeting 4/27/21

Presentation from Cheryl Fisher from ThenDesign Architecture 5/26/2020

Click here to watch Cheryl Fisher update the building project 5.26.20

Building Project Community Meeting - Oct. 9, 2018

March 26, 2018 Board Meeting - Building Project - Facilities Update

February 2017 Building Project Flyer

Visioning Report

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Visual Preference Survey Results 4.25.23

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Meet the CMR

System User

Thank you to those who attended the Construction Manager at Risk community meeting.  We were delighted to see such a great turnout for this important event.

As you all know, the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) model has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it provides a collaborative and cost-effective approach to construction projects. This method allows for greater collaboration between the owner, architect, and contractor, resulting in a more efficient and successful project.  Let us work together to create a more efficient and successful construction industry.  We hope you find this meeting informative and productive.

Let's meet the TEAM!

Adam Parris  ThenDesign TDA -  Registered Architect

CT Taylor

VP of Operations, Matt Collier

Project Management Lead, Ryan Fink

Superintendent - Steve Duhart

Business Engineer - Bryan Jackson 

and President John Hitchcock.  

Click HERE to review the presentation from May 1, 2023, Meet the CMR Public Meeting.  

Meet the CMR

Q & A

System User

An important distinction in school finance is operating expenses vs facility expenses.
Every dollar that moves through our district is audited and its use is defined. Federal
dollars are spent on federal programs, and grant dollars support identified objectives.
While we have secured a generous state investment in our new buildings, those dollars
can’t fund day-to-day operations.

System User

Since its creation, the public library and the school have shared a common mission and
have had a positive and productive relationship. The school offers the library financial
support by charging $1 for an annual lease and providing maintenance and utilities at
no additional charge. While approved by the school board, the library board operates
independently regarding staffing and material investments. It’s these operating
expenses that the library is looking to expand.

System User

● Passage of Issue 3 will ensure we have the resources and staffing we need to
actively pursue continuous improvement and secure programs like International
Baccalaureate, Early College and Career initiatives, and continue the policy of,
“no pay to participate.”
● The past two years have witnessed a significant improvement in the financial
outlook of our district. Our current five-year financial projection has the district
generating a financial safety net. The passage of this substitute levy and a continued conservative approach to spending may make this the last financial ask from the community for quite a while.

System User

● The district currently has two emergency levies, first passed in 2008 and 2010
with a millage rate of 4.93 and 6.52 mills, respectively. These two levies generate
$790,000 annually for our schools and represents a significant percentage of our
operating capital.
● Our substitute levy would combine these two emergency levies at a millage rate
of 11.45 mills into a continuous levy at a millage rate of 9.95 mills. Collection at
this lower rate would start immediately after the successful passage of Issue 3.
● Were Issue 3 not to pass, we would still pursue renewal of the existing emergency
levies but will not be able to modify millage, they would have to stay at the
original rate.