Under the hill | New Boston School earns Ohio Masonry Association Award of Excellence
[New Boston, OH] – Five years ago, architects at Legat Kingscott noted something interesting as they gazed up at a 500-foot hill along the Ohio River Valley. Coloring the hill, which towered over the site on which the New Boston School would rise, were exposed layers of rock and earth.
Those natural materials inspired the team’s selection of the brick that dominates the outside and inside walls of the preK-12 school that now stands at the base of the hill.
Last week, the Ohio Masonry Association recognized the facility’s innovative use of masonry by granting it an Award of Excellence, the highest honor in the association’s annual design competition.
Project manager Dennis Paben of Legat Kingscott said, “Since the building was going to sit at the toe of the hill, we wanted to mimic the color and texture of the exposed strata. The split-face masonry turned out to be a perfect material to not only reflect the site’s natural beauty, but also to tie together the classroom modules.”
The New Boston School consolidates four outdated schools into one 83,500-square-foot building that houses 425 students.
Oberfields, LLC manufactured the masonry and Mouser Masonry was the contractor.