The 110-acre site of a former municipal golf course is now home to KIPP Columbus, one of central Ohio’s most successful charter schools. The new 145,000 sq. ft. facility has a home-like feel including a welcoming entry and bright, open learning spaces. It currently serves students in grades 3 to 8, and a 400-student high school and a 600-student pre-K to grade 2 school currently under construction with a completion date of August 2016. Daimler Group, the project’s general contractor, asked EMH&T to provide site-civil engineering services for this unique urban site with its many rural site characteristics. The client’s request to preserve as many of the golf course’s trees as possible created several site design constraints and environmental permitting issues. The habitat of the site was also conducive to Indiana Bats, prompting a comprehensive bat survey. Additionally, a fast-track schedule was set, which EMH&T met facilitated by its solid relationship with the City of Columbus to “connect the right dots,” garnering approvals quickly.
EMH&T conducted a traffic study that demonstrated a demand for widening the road in the vicinity of the new school site and the installation of a traffic signal and associated pedestrian crosswalk. EMH&T facilitated the project, which was delivered as a 3P between The City of Columbus and KIPP School/Daimler. The project is designed to LEED Standards and includes Green Infrastructure in the form of a storm water management basin incorporated into the site’s existing wetland and natural aquatic shelves.