The Sisters of the Transfiguration property encompasses approximately 20 acres in the heart of Glendale, Ohio. The campus is comprised of twenty-two buildings, whose design and detailing are indicative of the decades in which they were built. It has resulted in an eclectic mix of styles and character sprinkled throughout the site.
One of the reasons this campus is beloved by so many is the same reason that makes it a challenge to build on. Topography is varied across the site and most of the flat parcels have been developed. Buildings must be sympathetic to the grade change, embrace it and use it to make appropriate man-made additions to the landscape.
The final Bethany School Master Plan capitalizes on the existing assets while positioning the school and campus for the next several decades. As families arrive at Bethany, they first notice the renovated St. Faith, a historic structure that serves as the administrative center.
A new gateway greets students and welcomes their arrival on campus. The gateway marks the beginning of a pedestrian sequence that travels past an outdoor classroom, through a courtyard, along the academic buildings, and terminates at a collection of 4 existing cottages. The academic buildings have second story balconies or plazas that open onto the scaled student walkway. The buildings work with the sloping land and present a layered composition from the gateway. The new cafeteria addition lies at the top of the hill and gives a fresh, new look to the existing multi-purpose complex. This glass-enclosed cafeteria offers panoramic views of the outdoor play spaces and the surrounding hillside.
The final composition showcases the advancement of Bethany Schools. Bethany is unique and is now positioned to compete well into the 21st century as a school focused on the best for their students, low student to teacher ratios, the Christian environment, a family atmosphere, the appreciation of diversity, and strong character values.
emersion DESIGN, along with Fanning Howey Associates, executed schematic design on the entire Master Plan to ensure a holistic approach for future phases. Phases 1 and 2, which include new K-2 and 3-8 buildings and a new cafeteria, are complete as of August 2020.
1st Net-Zero Energy School Building in Midwest (pending)
2nd Most Energy Efficient School Building in USA (pending)
LEED Platinum Certification
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
108 Geothermal Exchange & Solar Panels
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