West Side Montessori makes history

. December 1, 2017.

West Side Montessori is at the leading edge of disaster readiness, making history as the first school in the state to have a safe room that can withstand an F5 tornado. To be proactive and provide the safest possible school environment for students, families and nearby neighbors, the school worked closely with the Lucas County Emergency Management agency on the design of the tornado safe community room, which can shelter 420 people for two hours. “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 this project, which also included the completion of a gym, enhanced art and music studios and additional classroom space.