Stewart Elementary School Rehabilitation and Addition, Columbus, Ohio

Stewart Elementary School
Hardlines Design Company is the lead firm for a $10 million renovation of a historic school, Stewart Elementary School, located in German Village. The original brick masonry building was constructed in 1874 with additions in 1894 and 1926. The school became eligible for renovation when it was damaged by a fire in 2010.

The project consists of the complete rehabilitation of the existing 28,000 SF school and the construction of an 18,000 SF addition. The renovated school will contain a gymnasium, cafeteria, media center, and classrooms for up to 350 students.

The first phase of the project consisted of conducting an existing conditions assessment and validating the scope and budget using cost numbers established by the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) for 2011. The budget was allocated for work on the existing building and the new construction and included site-specific items such as solving the foundation moisture problems.


  • Certified at LEED Silver for Schools
  • Recipient of 2015¬†Heritage Ohio Best Historic School¬†Award
  • Completed assessment of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and fire protection systems.
  • Managed Phase I environmental assessment of the site and existing buildings.
  • Thorough code analysis including ADA accessibility, life safety, and OSHA requirements.
  • Prepared a Program of Requirements to guide design.
  • Validated assessment of 23 components in the OSFC system and prepared budget using 2011 cost data.
  • Recommended advanced testing of soils, foundations, window openings, and perimeter drainage system to manage risks of renovating a 140-year old structure.
  • Complex project involving two historic commissions: German Village and the Brewery District.