Thank you to all donors for participating in the Keystone Campaign to Grow our Toledo Campus!
We are so excited to celebrate our new building during our recent dedication event. Students, staff, trustees, and dignitaries gathered at the Toledo Campus to commemorate the completion of the long-awaited gymnasium, enhanced art and music studios, additional classroom space, and a community tornado safe room.
We engaged in long-range planning and coordination with Local and State Emergency Management Agencies that resulted in the award of a Federal FEMA Pre-Hazard Mitigation Grant of $318,000 that funded three-quarters of the cost of a Community Safe Room. The recently completed construction doubles as a corridor linking two buildings, can withstand up to an EF5 tornado, and will hold up to 430 people. West Side Montessori is the first school in Ohio to receive this grant.
“It’s satisfying to create a safe space to give parents, students and teachers peace of mind, with the hope that it is never needed,” said Keith Russeau, Architect and Principal of The Collaborative, the architects for the project. The Collaborative worked closely with Mosser Construction.
Uplifting the student experience, the new building is carefully integrated between existing buildings and adds a stronger connectivity to our 37-acre campus. The exterior is designed to blend with the campus character and maximizes learning on our 37 acres of woods, meadows, gardens and a pond.
With a rich 42-year history, West Side acknowledges project donors, contractors, and architects and celebrates the now 64,000 sq. ft. facility.
Take a close look at our new building in the video below: