A section of a mechanical room at North Ridgeville intermediate school near Cleveland.

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A new trend in school construction sees buildings divided into separate “schools,” functioning independent of each other, including the mechanical rooms.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OHIO—As most school districts grow and replace their 40- or 50-year-old buildings, many are moving toward larger intermediate facilities, taking a load off their elementary schools. This inevitably alters the way school buildings are being built. The new, 258,000-sq.-ft., Grades 3-8, North Ridgeville intermediate school near Cleveland, for example, is following a fairly new trend in educational facility construction: the buildings are divided into distinct areas that

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