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Cleveland, Ohio

260,000 sq. ft.


John Hay High School Renovation

The renovation of this historic school built in 1929 preserved its architectural beauty and respected its proximity to such notable Cleveland landmarks as the Cleveland Art Museum, Severance Hall, Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Clinic. Exposing historic elements that had once been hidden, the structure underwent an extensive interior renovation and exterior restoration, while complying with the Ohio School Facilities Commission Design Manual. Special attention was given to several significant interior spaces slated for full restoration, such as the auditorium, cafeteria and main lobby. One of the most significant improvements entailed relocating the main entrance of the high school to its original historic front entrance.

The design objectives included creating a safe, welcoming environment for the community, students and staff, developing a state-of-the-art educational environment, and updating the building to meet new technological standards.

The captivating 1,612-seat auditorium is one of the largest assembly halls in the City of Cleveland. The Bowen team restored the striking neoclassical interior to its original beauty. Wooden seats, which refracted sound, were replaced with inviting cloth seats.