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Outdoor Classroom Recognized for Innovative Design

Exterior photo of Firestone Hall at dusk

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!

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