Portsmouth West Middle School dedicated; classes in session


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Geiger Brothers had the key role in building the recently dedicated new Portsmouth West Middle School.

The Washington-Nile Local School District board had awarded a $9.8 million contract to Geiger Brothers for general trades, HVAC and plumbing on May 12, 2010. The school district dedicated the new building during a public ceremony August 14, 2011, well in time for the start of school on Wednesday.

The new structure was built on the same campus as the elementary and high school buildings, both done in 1997 by KCI, which became part of Geiger Brothers in 2003.

The exterior has brick and metal panels that match the two existing buildings. The structure was built on approximately 12 feet of engineered fill to place it above the 100-year flood plain.

The 67,457-square-foot single-story building is designed for 474 students. The building features 17 classrooms, three project labs, three special education classrooms, an art center, media center, two music rooms and a stage open to both the cafeteria and the gymnasium.  The classrooms are divided into two wings, one for grades 5-6, and the other for grades 7-8.

Total project cost was $16 million, of which 98 percent was paid by the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC). The OSFC accepted the middle school plan as a special-needs project in 2008.

As part of the OSFC program, schools are required to meet state-mandated minimum LEED standards. The purpose of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is to create environmentally conscious and energy- efficient buildings.  All newly constructed or substantially renovated school buildings that are state funded must achieve a minimum of Silver certification in the U. S. Green Building Council’s LEED-school rating system with emphasis in energy conservation.  The new building and construction practices addressed the Silver certification requirements.

Roof monitors provide daylight to the gym and the media center. Both wings are oriented to face north and south in order to use daylight-providing windows.  Roofing material is white to provide a solar reflectance index (SRI) of approximately 98.  The roof is insulated with a total of R-25; most walls are insulated to a total of R-12.

School board members and administrators were quoted and agreed, “It’s good to have all of our buildings here on the same campus, great for teacher interaction and staff interaction, and great for our students and parents. The campus here is beautiful.”

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