Toledo, Ohio Designed to accommodate more than 1,400 students, the new Bowsher High School houses a 750 seat auditorium, gymnasium with 1,800 seats, auxiliary gym, dining area, media center, music rooms, visual arts rooms, and a variety of classrooms for typical academics (science, mathematics, etc.), as well as the Tech Ed and Career Tech programs.
Located at the intersection of Arlington and South Detroit Avenues, the architecture is drawn from surrounding structures, such as the old Maumee Valley Hospital, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, and The University of Toledo Health Science Campus.
It was important that Bowsher be designed so that portions of the 255,500 SF building can be open to the public for evening and weekend events, with the remainder of the building being secured. The school has two main entries, one for visitors and the other for students and after-hour use. Located on either end of the main circulation spine, the main entries open adjacent to administrative offices, helping to control access to Bowsher.
The 25-acre site has separate entry drives/parking for automobile and bus traffic for the sake of convenience and safety. In addition to the building, a softball field and soccer field are included on the property.