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Project Showcase: Southwest Licking Local Schools, Pataskala, OH


Southwest Licking Local Schools reorganized its entire district from grade-banded schools into four separate communities with K-3 neighborhood schools and a 4-12 campus. The new Watkins Intermediate School is a two-story, 91,855 square foot building that serves the fourth and fifth grades, and Watkins Memorial High School is a 235,000 square foot two-story high school designed to educate just over 1,200 students. The core spaces were designed to handle up to 1,600 students to accommodate Southwest Licking’s growing student population.

Project Showcase: Southwest Licking Local Schools, Pataskala, OH


The aesthetic goal for the phased facility modernization program was to provide a neighborhood-school approach built for energy efficiency and expansion plan. The buildings adopt exterior brick colors, a blended range, and a masonry wall layering approach complementing the school’s spirit colors. The composition of brick types selected has notable characteristics that add a variety of color, texture, and delight and provide a sense of permanence.


Both school designs feature a combination of modular brick in traditional Commodore Clear Velour, 661 Velour, and accents of school colors – black and gold – with Metallic Black Coarse Velour, Black Diamond Velour, and a custom Yellow Glaze. The exterior brick was a priority to the district as a choice building material. It was determined to be a Locally Funded Initiative (LFI) in the bond issue to the community. The district wanted a durable material that would lower the long-term maintenance costs, and school officials desired the classic appearance of brick.

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