Walnut Hills High School Renovation
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WHHS is one of the top public college-prep high schools in US, dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence in a culturally diverse community. Built in 1931, it was inspired by Jefferson’s library at UVA. The objective of this 4-year labor of love was to transform the deteriorated 1930’s structure into an environment of 21st Century educational spaces, with cutting edge infrastructure & amenities, while fundamentally preserving the school’s historical and cultural heritage. The renovation included complete upgrades to all building systems. The team worked carefully to integrate fire protection & alarm, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and technology in as sympathetic of a manner as possible. The team’s goal was to use a light touch & make it seem like we were never even there. Careful attention was paid to preservation detailing and restoration of original features and finishes (decorative plaster, painted murals, etc.). Examples of Cincinnati's famous Rookwood Pottery are restored throughout. New finishes complemented the existing by use of historically appropriate trim, solid wood casework, paneled doors, paint colors, & terrazzo. The exterior included significant masonry restoration, new windows and the reconstruction of the copper dome. The project resulted in the preservation & transformation of an iconic building; now a true reflection of the academic rigor taking place within its walls.