School Construction

Clockwise: renderings of Grant, Roosevelt and Lincoln


In 2003, the district adopted a Long Range Master Facilities Plan that envisioned a 10-year program that would result in the rebuilding or renovation of all our schools. Although it's taken a little longer than 10 years, the district is now poised to finish the final phase of construction with the recent passage of our third bond issue for the complete project.

We have already rebuilt or renovated four elementary schools, two middle schools and half of the high school. The third and final phase of the plan will rebuild the unfinished portion of Lakewood High (the east end) and Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementaries.

Lincoln demolition in progress (Jan. 27, 2015)



What is the current status for the final phase of construction?

Our community on Nov. 5, 2013, passed a 3.75 mill bond issue and permanent improvement levy that will now allow the district to receive $50 million in matching funds from the State of Ohio for the $100 million project. The design process is almost complete and the abatement and demolition process began in December 2014 for the elementary schools. The high school abatement and demolition will begin later in Winter 2015.

Who are the construction team members?
GPD Group of Akron is the architect for the elementary buildings. The team is led by Rodwell King. URS Corp. and Robert P. Madison International are the architects for the high school. Turner/Regency/AKA is the Construction Manager At-Risk and Ozanne Construction serves as the Owner's Agent of the project.

When will construction start?

The timeline for the project is as follows:  Abestos abatement of the buildings began in December 2014 for elementary schools. Demolition began on Jan. 19, 2015 for Lincoln. Roosevelt demolition will follow in early February, then Grant in late February.  Architects will be developing the designs during the abatement and demolition process and once the building designs are complete, ground breaking is expected to take place in March 2015 for all three buildings.  The high school timeline has demolition and start of construction of the academic wing happening in early Spring 2015. Completion for the three elementary schools is expected for Fall 2016 and completion of the high school in Fall 2017. The timeline is subject to change depending on many variables.



Roosevelt Design Meeting, 10/30/14



Grant Design Meeting, 10/28/14

Abatement & Demolition Info Meeting, 10/23/14











If you have any questions, concerns or would like to make a suggestion to our design and construction team you can contact the following:

Jim Reitenbach
Executive Director of Construction & Operations
Lakewood City Schools

Elementary schools

Rodwell King, Lead Architect
GPD Group

High School

Dana Mitchell, Project Manager
Bradford Gellert, Project Principal
URS Corp.

Robert Klann, Lead Architect
Sarah Klann, Project Interiors

Robert P. Madison International

Or you may leave a message on our construction hotline: