School Construction

Clockwise: renderings of Grant, Roosevelt and Lincoln


Below : rendering of front of Lakewood High School

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 groundbreaking (March 13, 2015). Photo Gallery of the Lincoln demo.
Lincoln groundbreaking story. Lincoln groundbreaking Photo Gallery.


Roosevelt demolition began March 9, 2015. Photo Gallery of the Roosevelt demo.

Grant demolition began March 16, 2015. Photo Gallery of Grant demo.

Progress toward our new buildings continues at a rapid pace. If you've driven down Clifton recently, you know that Lincoln is now completely razed. A  groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday, March 13, 2015 at 4 pm. Demo on Roosevelt began March 9, 2015 and Grant demolotion followed shortly after on March 16, 2015. A completion date is expected in mid-April for Grant and early May for Roosevelt. The high school transition work is done and students have been eating in the new cafeteria space since the week of Feb. 16. Design development for the high school is still ongoing. (3/16/15)



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:  Demolition began on Jan. 19, 2015 for Lincoln and is nearly complete as of March 4, 2015. A groundbreaking ceremony was planned for March 13, 2015 at the Lincoln site.

Roosevelt demolition will begin in mid-March and Grant will follow. Both schools should be razed by mid-April 2015.  Architects will be developing the designs during the abatement and demolition process. Groundbreakings for Roosevelt and Grant should happen sometime in April 2015.

The high school timeline has demolition beginning around April 20, 2015 with construction to begin in June 2015, after the students are dismissed for summer.

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: