CH-UH school district selects architect for middle school renovations
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District has selected Moody Nolan as the architectural firm to handle the design of the Monticello and Roxboro middle school renovations.
Moody Nolan, which has received numerous awards for past design projects, was selected from a group of four firms that were interviewed by a committee of district representatives on Oct. 21. The CH-UH Board of Education will officially award the contract to Moody Nolan at its Nov. 2 meeting.
“We are excited to work with Moody Nolan for our middle school renovations,” said Talisa Dixon, CH-UH superintendent. “It became evident very quickly during the interview process that they possessed the experience and the expertise that we were looking for when considering the building designs. Moody Nolan has an impressive track record of working with schools like ours, and we are certain they will deliver top-notch designs for us.”
Moody Nolan has done extensive work in designing facilities for other school districts and academic institutions. Most recently, the firm designed the new building for the Cleveland School of the Arts in University Circle and a new facility for New Albany-Plain Local Schools. That background gives the firm expertise in designing flexible, engaging and high-performing academic environments.
“We are deeply honored to be part of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school design team,” said Curt Moody, president and CEO of Moody Nolan. “We look forward to creating an exciting design that represents the school district and the community it serves. Our team brings a lot of enthusiasm to the project, as well as innovative ideas as we develop the right concept for Monticello and Roxboro middle schools. We feel very fortunate to have been selected for this project.”
Moody Nolan and the district have begun preliminary meetings to discuss the design of the middle school projects. The groups are planning to hold forums to gather input from community members, parents and students on the design process. More information will be disseminated once those forums have been scheduled.
“I think the selection committee chose the best candidate in Moody Nolan because they will not only challenge us to create what we think is the best possible design for the school, but they will seek out stakeholders in the community to get their input in the process of school design and development,” said Paul Gustafson, a teacher at Roxboro Middle School and member of the interview committee.
“I am a lifelong resident of Cleveland Heights, a Roxboro and Heights graduate. My wife—Roxboro Middle—and two children—Oxford and Monticello—are all Cleveland Heights High School graduates,” added Gustafson. “As an alum and a teacher at Roxboro Middle School, I was grateful to be included in the beginning of the middle school transformation process that will create the design for the school building to meet district goals for the coming decades.”
The district selected Moody Nolan after reviewing proposals and interviewing four architectural firms, all based in Ohio. The other three firms were BSHM Architects, which designed the current Cleveland Heights High School renovation project, GPD Group, and Richard L. Bowen and Associates.
Next, the district will conduct interviews to select a Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) for the middle schools project. Interviews are scheduled for mid-November.
The Monticello and Roxboro middle school renovations are slated to begin in 2017 following the completion of the Cleveland Heights High School project. The middle schools will move into the Wiley building swing space (the former Wiley Middle School) for two years until construction is completed in 2019.
Scott Wortman is the coordinator of communications for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.