In recognition of excellence in design and execution of architecture, the Akron Component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently presented Peninsula Architects a 2021 Merit Award for the local firm's remarkable Merryweather Outdoor Classroom design.
While presenting the award, AIA of Akron described the project this way: "The Outdoor Classroom for Old Trail School takes the sodded roof form into an innovative direction, in particular, the image that presents a floating green space where the roof is potentially a walkable surface that blends into the overall landscape is particularly compelling. The project is sustainable and uses mass timber as a structural system and what appear to be durable and tasteful fixtures that make the space useful and comfortable. A simple and strongly diagrammatic solution that provides a flexible and varied activity space for the students and faculty of Old Trail School."
In addition to serving as the launching pad for all of Ms. McNamara's nature-based learning classes this year, our outdoor classroom has already been used in so many valuable ways by our school community –from a place to gather for Family Movie Night to a performing arts stage at Halloween Hullabaloo. We are excited to continue using this dynamic 2,000 square-foot facility in new ways to enhance the OTS experience in the future!