Eric Hanson

From the 2023 Architectural Portfolio: Berkshire PK-12 School

Feb. 26, 2024
The project was recognized as an outstanding design in the Combined-Level Schools category.

The school, on Kent State University’s Geauga Campus in Burton, Ohio, embodies student-centered learning design principles while accommodating 1,200 preK-12 students, including career tech. The topography of the site, a sloping hillside with a 20-foot grade change, played a vital role in the site’s design. The change in elevation provided an opportunity to create distinct points of entry for the building. On the lower level are the bus drop-off area, main assembly entrance, school entry, parent drop-off, and main-level parking. The slope of the hillside also allows for certain rooms to be seamlessly integrated, while ensuring an abundance of natural light throughout the facility.

Read more about the Berkshire PK-12 School and view a photo gallery at

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