Gilbane Breaks Ground on Olentangy Local School District’s New High School

Gilbane Breaks Ground on Olentangy Local School District’s New High School

IMG_5905The Olentangy Local School District Board of Education joined together with district administrators, Gilbane Building Company and their honored guests on Thursday, June 9 to officially break ground on the district’s fourth high school building.

The ceremony was held at the future site of the yet-to-be named high school located along Berlin Station Road, east of Gregory Road in Berlin Township. During the ceremony, Olentangy Local Schools Superintendent Mark T. Raiff and District Treasurer Brian Kern joined the Olentangy Local Schools Board and honored guests in a symbolic turning of soil.

“As we begin to embark on the building and opening of this new, state-of-the-art facility, we will face both exciting milestones and challenging times as we prepare to select the leaders of the school, the building’s name, the colors, the mascot,” Superintendent Raiff said. “And most importantly, we will select the students who will attend this school, build its own unique traditions and establish yet another school community that will excel.”

Gilbane was selected as the construction manager for this new, 303,000 SF high school that will ease the overpopulation of the three current high schools, which have exceeded their 1,600-student capacity. Projections have shown that by the 2018 school year, the three high schools, designed for a total of 4,800 students, will hold 6,600 students. In addition to the new high school, the scope of work will include all of the necessary athletic fields required for practice and competition. Preconstruction services will start in March 2016 and construction is scheduled to begin in July 2016.

“The Gilbane team is excited for the opportunity to partner with Olentangy Local School District on the construction of their new high school,” said Bob Sewell, Vice President and Principal in Charge. “Gilbane has many team members that call the Olentangy District their home, and we are very proud to be part of the team.”

Construction of the new school is expected to be completed during the summer of 2018, in time for its opening at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Prior to the opening, the district will review its current attendance boundaries to determine who will be assigned to the new high school. That process is expected to occur during the 2016-2017 school year.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit

Gilbane has been providing construction management services in Ohio Since 1959 and has served clients including the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission; Cleveland Clinic; University Hospitals; Cleveland State University; Kent State University; Cleveland Indians; Lakeland Community College; The Andersons; Cuyahoga Community College; MetroHealth System; Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Battelle Memorial Institute; The Ohio State University; Grange Mutual Insurance; Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Franklin County and Columbus Regional Airport Authority. Gilbane is an active participant in the ACE Mentor Program, Rebuilding Together, Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio, The Center for Family Safety and Healing, United Way, I Know I Can, Providence House and Greater Cleveland Partnership.