Sol Harris Day Architecture

The new Lake Elementary School is perched on top of a hill in Hartville, Ohio with spectacular views of the wooded park and residential neighborhood that surround it. The exterior design of the K-12 building was intended to pay homage to the roof lines of the adjacent homes and apartment buildings. Playful blue metal forms highlight focal points of the school building and hint at the innovative spaces that await inside.


  • Pre-Bond Services
  • Master Planning
  • Site Selection
  • Visualizations and Graphics
  • Facility Assessments
  • Visioning
  • Sustainable Design
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • FF&E
  • Estimating/Scheduling

Early on it was agreed that the design of our facilities would represent innovative learning spaces that would foster flexibility, student-centered learning, collaboration and most importantly, provide for the education needs of our students for the next fifty years. SoL Harris/Day demonstrated effective leadership and participation during this consensus building process.

Kevin Tobin, Superintendent, Lake Local Schools

Building Organization

The primary goal of this school building was to create a student-centered learning environment that would inherently reinforce the educational paradigm of the District. Different types of flexible classrooms were developed to cater to the different teaching and learning styles that were intended to occur within these interior spaces. Some are open spaces meant for interaction and collaboration. Some are closed learning spaces that cater to lecture and individual learning activities. Movable walls can be found in the majority of rooms which allow classrooms the flexibility to connect and transform into larger spaces. Classrooms are also grouped around shared spaces filled with flexible furniture. Glass garage doors provide the ability to use these learning spaces as an extension of the classroom or interconnection between multiple classrooms.  

Interior Concept

In addition to the K-12 educational goals, we set a goal from the very beginning of the project to design spaces that felt more like home and that incorporated natural materials and connections with nature. Every school corridor features glass and views to the exterior. Learning spaces all provide views to the outdoors. Metal lockers are wrapped with woodwork, wood beams were used in lieu of steel in the cafeteria, wood slats help to define flexible learning spaces, interior paint and flooring materials are centered on a color palette that can be found in nature, and outdoor learning areas surround the building.


  • Led a successful bond campaign 
  • Reviewed the OFCC District assessment to develop a master plan for community approval
  • Led a Future’s Educational Conference with the Community to educate them on how K-12 education is being delivered not only national, but worldwide in today’s school system
  • Coordinated engagement of the local community to determine voter interest and direction for a final master plan for the new K-12 building
  • Worked with staff to developed preliminary space program requirements and OFCC guidelines
  • Learning Studios (classrooms) are designed with garage doors and movable walls so that learning can be open, flexible and collaborative
  • Multiple outdoor learning spaces
  • Achieved LEED Gold Certification

Three years into our partnership with SoL Harris/Day, the Lake Local Schools has no doubt they selected the right architect firm to champion our project. There is little doubt upon completion of our project, our facilities will become a showcase for other districts to emulate.

Kevin Tobin, Superintendent, Lake Local Schools

Meet the Team

  • Domenic Ferrante
  • Burt Marzley
  • Melinda Scalfaro
  • Yvette Zingery
  • Regina Erdman
  • Julie Whyte


  • IIDA I Design - Best in Education Interior Design
  • AIA Akron Design Award - Interiors
  • Learning By Design - Outstanding Project

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