Northwest Local Schools

Leveraging design+build collaboration to deliver unique academic spaces focused on flexibility and sustainability


Northwest Local School District






Cincinnati, Ohio



Awards & Honors

LEED Gold Certifications
Outstanding Urban Cooperator Award: Hamilton Co. Soil & Water Conservation District

This multi-building program for Northwest Local School District encompasses the design and construction of three new elementary schools, totaling over 300,000 SF, and renovations to five existing schools, totaling over 500,000 SF. The new elementary schools feature learning communities for each grade comprised of six classrooms that surround an extended learning area with two small group rooms and a teacher collaboration space completing each community. An indoor maker space and several outdoor maker spaces provide a place for teachers and students to gather, create, invent and learn. Each building also includes a gymnasium, cafetorium, media center with slide, courtyard, green roof and Wi-Fi access. While exteriors of the new schools are clad with brick and metal panels, each elementary school is personalized with distinct colored glazed blocks and metal panels, defining and reinforcing entry areas. As each elementary school was built next to an existing, active school, it was important that construction did not interrupt school operations. All three elementary schools achieved LEED Gold certification, exceeding the original goal of LEED Silver. 

Renovations and updates took place in existing elementary, middle, and high schools. These building refreshes consisted of repairs and updates to the roof, windows, building envelope, exterior doors, asbestos removal, electrical, HVAC system, fire alarms/sprinklers, and technology. Our team phased renovations for budget certainty, allowing us to renovate more schools than originally planned, as well as demolish an additional school all within budget.

Megen, in conjunction with their joint venture partner, provided design+build services for Northwest Local School District. Our design+build team have ensured that the design will maximize the District’s ELPP credit, up to $17 million, which will help them replace additional schools in the future. All schools were completed on schedule, and we were able to return funds to the District to add air conditioning to five schools.


Square Feet


Schools Constructed in Master Plan

Completed project under budget while safely constructing on multiple, occupied K-12 campuses