New Allen Elementary School was completed for the Canton City School District in Canton, Ohio, as part of a statewide new school construction program. The new school building was opened in 2003 to replace the original school, which was constructed in 1915 and named for Ira M. Allen. Mr. Allen was an educator in Massillon and Canton in the 1860’s. The school building has a fairly linear east-west plan layout. The gymnasium, cafeteria, and mechanical areas are located to the west side of the plan and the classroom areas are situated on the east side of the plan. The administration area is centrally located near a two-story clock tower and covered walkway that leads to the main doors. Exterior masonry bearing walls provide the main lateral resistance for the building and also serve as gravity support. The gymnasium utilizes interior bearing walls as well, while structural steel beams and columns support the interior of the remainder of the building. Light-gauge metal trusses frame the classroom roof areas. The roof construction is comprised of both gable and hip roof structures. The floor construction is steel joists supporting metal form deck with reinforced concrete for the slab. The cafeteria and gymnasium feature column-free architecturally exposed spaces that are framed by structural steel. The gym framing is comprised of intersecting trusses that span diagonally and are constructed with WT shapes.

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