Findlay, Ohio - Findlay High School's main entrance is getting a much needed upgrade. The $2.7M project, designed by RCM Architect, Inc., is currently under construction, and will not only provide improved student safety and security, but also enhanced aesthetics and a more welcoming environment.
The new project will close off the existing courtyard area, with a fully enclosed, climate-controlled corridor. This corridor will permanently connect the school's classroom wing to the auditorium and the rest of the north wing classrooms. The new entry/connector will have glass walls and a sloped roofline to reflect the aesthetics of the newly completed Millstream Career Technical Center, located just south of the High School. This repetition of lines and construction materials will provide continuity and promote an overall campus feel. Proposed exterior improvements such as new lighting, masonry seat-walls, new stairs, handicapped-accessible ramps, and landscaping will finish off the plaza space and provide a welcoming and functional drop-off and pick-up area for students and guests.
The new entry will feature two secured entry points, through which most of the student body will start and end their school day, as well as a new security office being constructed adjacent to the main entry to control access and sign-in visitors during the school day. Multiple security cameras are also being added to provide security personnel with greater oversight of the area.
While security is the focus of the project, it is not the only feature being improved. The project also includes the addition of air conditioning to the R.L. Heminger Auditorium, finish upgrades to the corridors surrounding the auditorium, and a new security office at the north student entry as well. The work is being completed in several phases, with the first phase, including the corridor upgrades and north entry security office already complete.
Construction activities began in early June, just as the school year ended, and completion of the final phase of work is expected in November. Click below to see an in-progress construction video, courtesy of Findlay Publishing.