Construction on the new Chase Elementary School, Northside, Ohio, was completed in February.

The 450-student school is positioned on a nine-acre site and is shared with the McKie Recreation Center. This location enables shared use of the neighborhood’s amenities, and creates a hub of educational and recreational activity for the whole Northside community.

The new Chase Elementary replaced the old school, which had undersized classrooms, minimal security and was not ADA-compliant. The new design has 21 classrooms with large windows, extended learning areas, a media center, computer and science labs and improved art, music and reading areas.

The school was designed to achieve LEED silver certification, and features design components such as daylight harvesting and occupation sensors.

In keeping with the pedestrian-friendly streets that are common in the community, the design of the school limits vehicular access and promotes a more walkable campus.

The school was designed by CR architecture + design (Cincinnati) in association with Fanning Howey Associates (Dublin, Ohio) and Moody Nolan, Inc. (Covington, Ky.)