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The new entrance to Amity Elementary. The three-story structure has clean lines and large windows. The first two stories have a facade of red brick, and the third story has a facade of mirrors so that the top story seems to connect with the sky. There are ribbons of beige stone accents.Location: Cincinnati, OH
Construction Schedule: December 2016 – August 2018
Customer: Deer Park Community City Schools
Architect and/or Engineer: SHP Leading Design
HGC Role: General Contractor

Deer Park Community City School District had outgrown their elementary school buildings. In 2016, they passed a levy to renovate and place an addition onto Amity Elementary, bringing the K-6 facility into the 21st century. HGC Construction worked closely with SHP Leading Design and the Board of Education to meet the needs of the community, including making sure that the school remained open throughout the project and that it was completed on time for the first day of the 2018-2019 school year.

The project included classroom renovations, updating entrances and elevators to be ADA compliant, a brand-new addition including gym, stage, administrative offices, and classrooms, and a new and safe front entrance on the side of the school.

The renovation in the existing building involved a large-scale gutting at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.  HGC installed new electric, plumbing, and HVAC, as well as new drywall and paint throughout the building. One of the biggest overhauls happened in the cafeteria. New piping and walls were added to the cafeteria, a new concrete floor was poured, and a new roof was installed overhead.

This project had a 55 day schedule, and more than 20 of those were lost due to “unforeseens” including asbestos, lead, and rain. Thanks to the partnership of the design team, the school and the community, as well as the field crew’s dedication and hard work (and a lot of early mornings and late night hours), the project was still completed under budget and on schedule.

See the project nearing completion.

Exterior of modern brick elementary school at dusk
Exterior of brick elementary school at dusk
A small school playground in a middle courtyard. The climbing structure is lime green and vivid orange, with tunnels, and a small slide. Beneath the climbing structure is navy blue rubber playground surfacing. The walls of the surrounded school are red brick for the first two stories, and then the third story is a mirrored surface, making the top of the building seem to connect with the blue sky.
The new entrance to Amity Elementary, as seen from a hallway on the second floor. There is a foyer of glass doors for security, and the second set of doors leads into the foyer. The wall to the right has been covered with a large collage of pictures from Amity Elementarys history, from the early 1900s to 2018. Modern lighting, circular with a red casing, hangs from the ceiling. The foyer floors are hard wood.
The historic Amity school bell is on display, hanging from a specially built cement block wall, painted red, with a custom opening for the beam from which the bell hangs bears
A brightly-lit elementary classroom, ready for the school year. The desks are arranged in clusters of seven, with the teachers desk and pale wood cabinets are in the fair right corner near the windows. The chairs are a cheerful red, and there are brightly colored bins and books on the shelves along the wall. The door is glass, and an extra bit of glass wall next to the door lets in extra light.
A brightly-lit elementary classroom, ready for the school year. In the foreground is a small black chair with bright red upholstery, positioned on the corner of a carpet of vivid reds, purples, blues, and oranges. In the background, the desks are arranged in clusters of seven, with the teachers desk and pale wood cabinets are in the fair right corner near the windows. The chairs are a cheerful red, and there are brightly colored bins and books on the shelves along the wall.
An Extended Learning Center. This space between two classrooms has large arched window in the center of the far wall, with a bookshelf beneath. Near the window is a circular table with four red chairs. A long table stretches the middle of the room, with eight red chairs tucked in, four on each side. Rectangles of fluorescent lighting from the ceiling. There are doors on either side of the classroom, large glass doors that lead to the standard classrooms.
A large classroom, seen from the back of the room. Four rows of tables span the classroom, and each table has two rolling chairs with bright red patterned upholstered cushions tucked beneath the table. The front of the classroom has an accent of yellow, and a whiteboard on display. This room is for teachers professional development.
School gymnasium with bleachers open and basketball hoops lowered
A newly renovated gymnasium. The floors gleam, the far right wall has a large expanse of curtains leading to the new stage area. Basketballs hoops hang from the ceiling. The ceiling is white, with lots of fluorescent lighting. The accent colors are predominantly red, with some gray and black.
A school gymnasium under construction at Amity Elementary. The floor is unfinished and dusty, but the basketball hoops are installed and red gray and black wall padding adorns the walls.
The front of Amity Elementary prior to the renovations of Summer 2018. A red sign surrounded by a circular garden on the front lawn, boasts of
A large yellow crane lifts a ceremonial beam onto the top of Amity Elementary. The beam also holds a small fir tree, and an American flag hangs from the bottom of the beam.
A steel beam covered in signatures of the Deer Park community. Some signatures are neatly penned adult signatures, while others are the enthusiastic scrawls of young children. Part of the
A large yellow crane lifts a hefty HVAC machine onto the roof of the new addition for Amity Elementary. The front of the building is covered in construction scaffolding, and the top of a truck can be seen in the nearest foreground. The sky is blue with not a cloud to be seen.
A modern three-story red brick school building, Amity Elementary, under construction with large equipment in front. A sunny day with blue sky and wispy clouds.
The new entrance to Amity Elementary. The three-story structure has clean lines and large windows. The first two stories have a facade of red brick, and the third story has a facade of mirrors so that the top story seems to connect with the sky. There are ribbons of beige stone accents.
Exterior of modern brick elementary school at dusk
Exterior of brick elementary school at dusk

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