MVCDS expands campusWritten by Amy Biolchini | | ABiolchini@toledofreepress.com
Maumee Valley Country Day School (MVCDS) is undergoing its largest expansion to date by adding $15 million in construction projects to its 75 acre campus.
In addition to building a new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified (LEED) high school, MVCDS is renovating its preschool and connecting it to the dining hall as a part of the “Under One Roof” campaign.
Head of School Gary Boehm said the old high school was too cramped for the school’s needs.
“The renovation costs were going to be several million dollars and we weren’t going to have the building we wanted,” Boehm said. “This is going to feel so much more relaxed to live in. It’s really going to transform the campus.”
The new $8.3 million high school is equipped with Wi-Fi and will include 16 classrooms, each with a SMART Board and projector. The school also houses a digital media center with a sound recording booth, greenhouse space, science labs, administrative offices, communal faculty offices, common space and lounges.
“Even though this building is 9,000 square feet larger than the existing building, it did not have air conditioning. This building will have air conditioning but will cost no more to heat or cool,” Boehm said.
Scheduled to be completed in November, the high school will be one of the first such facilities in the area to be LEED certified. Installing low-energy light fixtures, using low-smelling paint and adhesives, avoiding carpet glue with finished concrete floors, recycling construction debris and re-using materials from the existing high school are all strategies MVCDS is using to gain additional LEED points, according to Joe Swint, senior project manager for Bostleman Construction.
The new high school will connect to the existing gym, middle school and dining hall. With the addition of a connecting building between the dining hall and the Smead preschool building, MVCDS will finally be under one roof.
“We’ve got our littlest kids in the Smead Building that need to go over to use the other building,” Boehm said. “The teachers had to bundle them up two or three times a day to travel back and forth between the buildings. There were piles of coats all over the place.”
MVCDS serves approximately 500 students from preschool to high school. The school’s philosophy of learning by discovery and the open classroom system used with the younger grades is reflected in the new high school.