Doug Rentz  |  
GMAE to present at 2020 OSBA Conference

Three members of Garmann/Miller’s project team for Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s $130 million expansion will be on a panel to present the project’s safety and security features. The Ohio School Boards Association recently notified the full-service design firm that its educational session proposal has been selected for presentation at the 2020 OSBA Capital Conference, Nov. 8–10 in Columbus.

Project manager Laura Little, architect Matt Hibner and site architect Kathy Trejo will represent GMAE, and the trio will be joined by Dr. Nick Weldy, MVCTC superintendent. The session, “Smart Design for Safer Schools,” will take place Monday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Little noted the site brought unique challenges due its size and number of students it serves.

“With almost 2,000 students, parents and visitors daily, the welcoming site entrances needed to be well defined,” she said. “While large areas of glass will provide better visibility at the main entrances, these attractive areas can become vulnerable. We provided bullet-resistant films on the glass at the entries and from the hallways into the classrooms and labs.”

The building also will have separate entrances for visitors, bus drop-off and student parking to provide better safety before they enter the building.

Staying up on the latest safety and security measures is a priority for every district. In this session, Ohio K-12 school board members and superintendents will learn about safety upgrades, security systems and protocols that are being implemented into the Englewood-based campus—the largest educational investment in the Ohio Facility Construction Commission’s history. The OFCC partnered with MVCTC to provide funding mechanisms to bring this vision to reality.

“This is the future of how America’s education system is going to work, integrating employers and job skills in one location and launching students into the world ready to compete,” said Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who was one of several special guests to deliver remarks at the school’s May 14, 2019, groundbreaking ceremony.

Gilbane Building Company is providing construction management at-risk services. The existing campus consists of three main buildings and several smaller structures that support both educational and building services. Approximately 431,000 square feet of additions to the west building will include two stories of new classroom space, as well as a new maintenance building and high-bay learning areas for aviation maintenance, precision machining, welding, diesel, carpentry and HVAC.