Creating an inspiring learning environment in the heart of downtown Cleveland
The Harvey Rice School accommodates 450 Pre-K through 8th grade students and staff. Bowen, in collaboration with CannonDesign, arranged the school’s program spaces to separate the Pre-K through 5th grade classrooms from those of the 6th through 8th grades. All grades share common areas including the cafeteria, gymnasium, art and music facilities, and media center.
The site’s topography affords spectacular views of downtown Cleveland. Art and reading rooms on the second floor enjoy tall ceilings and full-height glazing that capitalize on the views. Colorful green and blue metal panels on the exterior accentuate the building’s massing. Locally funded initiatives for the project helped enhance the campus with green spaces, a public muse and a number of public art pieces.