Millbury, Ohio  Following the June 5, 2010 F5 tornado that destroyed Lake High School, The Collaborative teamed with Rudolph/Libbe to fast-track a replacement school. 

The Collaborative and TMP provided a feasibility study for replacing the damaged school immediately after the tornado. Following a formal selection process for full design services, The Collaborative served as the design build bridge architect for Lake and TMP served as architect of record for Rudolph Libbe, the design builder.  Based on the urgent need for a replacement school, this public project was able to use the design build construction delivery method.  The design build process took approximately 20 months, saving of 10 to 14 months over a traditional design, bid, build model.

Designed with clear sight lines and efficient organization of spaces, the 144,000 SF building includes a storm safe emergency area for students and staff.

The school’s central runway has direct access to the high school gym with seating for nearly 1,800 on all four sides, a multi-purpose/dining room, an auditorium with nearly 500 seats, and other areas. The new school, which is roughly 20,000 square feet bigger than the destroyed building, will have classrooms on both floors grouped in four “academic houses” that can be arranged by grades or curriculum.

Offices are inside the building’s first-floor curved front. The library is on the second floor and overhangs at the building’s back, providing a canopy for students waiting for buses.