PreK-12 School & Stadium Complex

Norton City Schools | Norton , Ohio
The new $35 million Norton High School and Stadium Complex included the construction of a new high school, conversion of the current high school into a middle school, and demolition of Cornerstone and Grill Elementary schools. The former middle school building consolidated students from both elementary schools to become Norton Elementary. A new 5,500 SF concession and 7,500 SF locker room building was also included as part of the new high school stadium complex and athletic fields project. The new high school included Norton’s very first 650-seat theater/auditorium with state-of-the-art equipment. Included in the project were sound and light boards, a control room, a tech table in the auditorium seating area, a PA system, a stage sound shell, audio/lighting equipment, and more.

The HVAC system consists of a low supply temperature (140-degree) heating hot water system utilizing condensing boilers operating in their highest efficiency range year-round. The chilled water is generated by a premium efficiency air cooled chiller with variable speed compressors. The chilled water system is a variable primary design to reduce pumping energy and 100% water (no glycol) to optimize heat transfer. The ventilation is the building in controlled with CO2 sensors in all classrooms and other densely occupied areas which allows the outside air quantity to be reduced based on occupancy. This results in energy savings by heating and cooling much less outside air than a constant volume minimum outside air system. The air handling units all have direct-drive plenum supply and exhaust fans with variable frequency drives. There are 2 variable refrigerants (VRF) heat recovery systems installed in the building including the main technology room. The system is capable of extracting heat from the core technology room and using it to provide “free” heating to other parts of the building in the winter. The HVAC control system includes full graphics of all systems and floor plans.

Osborn provided fire suppression design criteria and fire alarm system design for the new K-12 school. Analysis of local water supply data and hydraulic calculations were performed to appropriately size the incoming fire service and fire pump necessary to meet the code performance requirements of the sprinkler system. The design criteria drawings included the detailed design of the fire service entrance and fire pump, room by room hazard classifications, feed the main routing through the building, and full specifications.

This project is LEED Certified.