Part of a program by the Dayton Public Schools to renovate or rebuild 26 schools over a 10-year period, Ruskin PK-8 School replaced a building dating to 1965, which was demolished in 2005.
The building was designed as three separate learning communities each with its own extended learning area that share common spaces such as a 471-person gymnasium and a full service kitchen. The new school features state-of-the-art computer lab, audio enhancement, document cameras, video surveillance, and electronic card access.
The building’s 13,000-square-foot second floor structural frame consisted of concrete slab on metal form deck supported on standard steel bar joists. The floor system is supported on exterior and interior reinforced concrete masonry bearing walls. The main roof and the second floor roof construction consisted of standard and long-span steel bar joists supporting a roof metal deck. In addition to the reinforced concrete masonry load-bearing walls, a limited interior steel frame was utilized to support parts of the second floor and the roof framing. The building’s foundation system consisted of shallow wall strip footings and column spread footings bearing on virgin soils or engineered fill.