(Plain Press, September 2014) CMSD NEWS BUREAU Dozens of teachers and other staff from Max S. Hayes High School donned hard hats and safety glasses on August 11th for a tour of a new building that the school will move to next year.
The new Max Hayes, at West 65th Street and Clark Avenue, will provide a state-of-the-art replacement for the existing school that opened on Detroit Avenue in 1957.
Work is about 65 percent complete, said Gavin Smith, director of construction management for Richard L. Bowen and Associates Inc. Bowen and the Albert M. Higley Construction Co. are partners in a joint venture handling the construction.
The building will soon be enclosed so interior work can continue in cold weather and keep the building on pace to be ready for the 2015-16 school year, Smith said. He said parking lots are to be paved this year.
The two-story, 170,000-square-foot building will have space for 800 students. The design includes overhead doors for access to shops, glass-enclosed locations that show off mechanical systems and outdoor spaces where students can undertake construction projects and operate heavy equipment.
A manufacturing advocacy group, WIRE-Net, with support from the Cleveland and George Gund foundations, led planning for a school that would better meet the demands of the modern workforce.
Supporters believe the new Max Hayes will be among the best career-technical schools in the country.
Chris Scarcella, a curriculum instruction specialist, took the tour on August 11th.
Scarcella said the new building would make teachers more efficient by grouping specialties and linking classrooms to work areas. He said that until the construction began to take shape, teachers were skeptical that they would ever see a new building.
“There’s a lot of excitement now,” he said. “We want to be that 21st Century learning environment where students are learning but also applying what they have learned.”