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In 2012, the South-Western City School District embarked upon an extensive rebuilding project. The district is replacing 13 elementary school buildings as well as the Franklin Heights High School and is renovating an additional two elementary schools; the building program cost will total $247 million. The school district’s mission is to deliver equitable education, regardless of socio-economic disparities, and maintain facility equity across different sites and building sizes.

In addition to the scope of work, several factors add complexity to the overall project. All new construction must meet the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) LEED Silver requirement. Construction is taking place on sites where classes are in progress, meaning that the building team has to keep the sites operational. Furthermore, the project’s commencement coincided with a big change in Ohio’s project delivery models. Prior to 2011, the only way to contract a public works project in Ohio was on a multi-prime basis. But as part of the Ohio Construction Reform Statutes, a variety of project delivery systems became available to public owners. The building team for the South-Western City Schools, which used Single Prime Bid and Construction Manager at Risk project delivery methods, needed to manage this major change in day-to-day operations.

Solutions used in managing construction of the new schools involved adapting a “kit of parts” building design to multiple sites as well as employing several sustainable initiatives. Presenters Todd Thackery, Vice President/Architecture and Allison McKenzie, Director of Sustainability – both of SHP Leading Design – will share lessons learned on the South-Western City Schools project at DesignColumbus 2014.

Presenter Bios:

Todd Thackery, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Vice President – Architecture

Todd Thackery is the longest standing partner at SHP Leading Design and this comes by no accident. Since 1984, he has been providing unparalleled planning and design solutions, evident through the long-term relationships he has established with numerous SHP clients.

Todd Thackery
Todd Thackery

With over 30 years of experience, Todd has touched every project facet, from planning and stakeholder engagement, to design and management. A recognized educational facility expert, he has delivered over $500 million of new or renovated schools and developed the educational master plans for over 20 school districts within the last ten years. Todd is a registered architect in Ohio, Colorado and Indiana, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Norwood Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Main Street Council, Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Allison McKenzie, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP+
Director of Sustainability

Allison has established herself as a regional expert and authority on sustainable architecture. She is a member of the USGBC Cincinnati Regional Board of Directors and the past Chair of the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Cincinnati Committee on the Environment (COTE). As SHP’s Director of Sustainability, she facilitates the eco-charrette process and has overseen the LEED documentation process for over 40 of the firm’s projects. Even more impressive, according to the LEED Professional Directory, Allison was only the third person in the United States to earn all credentials.

Allison McKenzie
Allison McKenzie

Through speaking engagements, teaching opportunities and interactions with clients, Allison has been able to pass her knowledge on the importance of sustainable design and how it can be utilized to a broad range of professional and community groups. She has held LEED exam preparation courses for over 800 people both inside and outside the firm. In addition, Allison has helped SHP expand their business offerings by developing and writing the content for a line of iPhone applications called EcoFlash. Furthermore, she is also the author of the popular blog

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