199 S. Broadway Ave.
Akron, OH 44308
330/761-3195; Fax 330/761-5576
Design Enrollment: 500
Principal: Amanda Morgan
The dedication ceremony took place on Thursday, September 2, at 12:30 p.m. Students began attending school in the new building on Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Click on the link to the right to view highlights of the dedication.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Click on the link to the right to view highlights.
NIHF School — Center for STEM Learning's Master Facility Plan
The National Inventor's Hall of Fame School — Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Learning is a new addition to the existing National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) along with renovated space. The NIHFF and the new CLC are integrated and share the facility but are separated for security reasons. The new NIHF School occupies approximately 30,000 square feet of the existing facility. The addition (approximately 50,000 square feet) is located to the north of the existing building adjacent to the existing Morley Health Center parking deck.
The new facility is located in the heart of downtown Akron. The city is offering the use of the plaza above the Morley parking deck to the north as exterior activity space. The new facility fronts onto Broadway, a major one-way street in Akron. To the south of the existing facility is University Avenue, which connects directly to The University of Akron. To the west are existing railroad tracks belonging to CSX Transportation Inc.
During the concept phase of this project, the design team attended a series of meetings with the city of Akron, community members, parents, students and Akron Public schools staff members. It was unanimously decided that the addition should be located to the north of the existing NIHF, between the Hall of Fame and the Morley parking deck. Student drop-off and pick-up occurs along the access drive to the west of the facility, but there is also a public entrance to the new NIHF School along Broadway. The entrance to the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame Foundation remains in its current location, separated from the new community learning center entrances.
Since the site is small, the NIHF School addition has four stories above Broadway and two stories below Broadway, the bottom floor aligning with the lowest level of the existing facility and the rear access road. The intent of the design team was to integrate the two facilities while allowing both to operate separately, providing security between the two entities. The NIHFF retains the “Great Hall,” a separate lobby and most of the Inventors Tiers, while the NIHF School occupies most of the western potion of the existing structure. The new four floors above Broadway contain four class levels, grades 5-8, one grade level on each floor. The existing western portion of the building contains support activities such as art, music and food service. The physical education spaces are located below grade. The aesthetics of the addition are intended to complement the existing facility. The current NIHF structure is an icon in the city, and its integrity should be maintained.
The NIHF School offers a comprehensive middle school program with a science, math and technology focus. The centralized location affords opportunities for integration with local establishments such as the Akron Art Museum, the Summit County Courthouse and the main branch of the Akron Summit County Public Library. The close proximity to The University of Akron could easily allow visiting professors to integrate with staff instructors and students along with students accessing The University of Akron research labs and facilities.
All designs are the work of an
architectural firm from one of six firms, which comprise the
Akron Architectural Group. AAG architects work with Akron Public
Schools architects on each site. The architectural firm
that designed the NIHF School was Hasenstab Architects (Scott Lukens, project architect). John Georgewais the Akron Public