Like many districts throughout the country, Toledo struggled with teaching modern skills from outdated buildings. The average Toledo school is 65 years old; one, a high school, opened in 1912.

All that is changing, as Toledo Public Schools renovates or rebuilds 44 facilities serving 24,227 students while keeping true to the neighborhood. Known as "Building for Success," this $651-million program – the single largest building project in city history – is funded by both the state and a local bond issue. In July 2008, the District opened ten schools; a State of Ohio record and later that same year Start High School opened.

Barton Malow built approximately 10 new facilities a year. Occupancy will take place over a seven-year stretch, from 2004 to 2011. The work will transform the city landscape, revitalizing neighborhoods and improving educational opportunities for generations of students to come.

The Lathrop Company/L. Gant, LLC/Barton Malow joint venture oversees construction; design is the responsibility of Allied Toledo Architects, a joint venture of SSOE, The Collaborative, Munger & Munger, Duket Porter MacPherson, and other smaller specialty firms. This combined team is responsible to the Ohio School Facilities Commission and to the district.

Project Highlights:

  • Total cost of the program $641 million
  • Student Population 24,227
  • 5 High Schools
  • 7 Middle Schools
  • 5 K-8 Schools
  • 27 Elementary Schools
  • Total SF. 3,476,026
  • 11 LEEDS Silver minimum schools with some achieving Gold Overall all time frame from Design to Completion 10 years Education in Toledo Changed
Todd Ketola

“Barton Malow stands tall above the waves of our industry”