Freytag honors firm’s former associate

For the Sidney Daily News



SIDNEY — Freytag & Associates marked their 87th year of service in 2016.

“We recognize and remember a former associate of the firm who died suddenly in 2017,” said John Freytag, a principal in the company. “Philip Freytag was an integral member of the firm for 57 years and was the son of firm founder Ferd Freytag. Phil was a 1947 graduate of Yale University and received his Masters at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Freytag and Freytag following graduation and was a practicing architect specializing in writing technical specifications as well as project management. Condolences are expressed to his wife, Janie, and children, Jeff and Gayle, and their families.”

Freytag’s report continues:

Several school projects were in various stages in 2016. Building construction began for a new PK-8 school in Jackson Center. The new facility features elementary classrooms, administration and athletic space, and provides additional areas for the entire school population including media center, student dining/kitchen, stage, music room, consumer science classrooms and agriculture areas. Partial demolition and renovation of the existing school is slated for later this year.

The firm has a long standing relationship with the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine with several projects underway. An addition and renovation is under construction for a new Animal Science facility. Design will begin this winter for an Integrated Systems Lab in the existing school building as part of the Facility Master Plan completed in 2015. A related project is also underway with design of the National Air Defense Radar Museum. The Ohio Hi-Point site was the home of the 664th Aircraft Control & Warning/Radar Squadron from 1951-1969.

Professional services were also provided the following school systems: Bellefontaine, Cory Rawson, Fairlawn, Fort Loramie, Hardin-Houston, Holy Angels, Lehman Catholic, Mechanicsburg, St. Gerard and Sidney.

Various park and recreation projects were in process or completed in 2016. The Komminsk Legacy Park in New Bremen was completed last summer and was designed for public art appreciation and interaction. A debt of gratitude goes to Dianne Komminsk for her extensive involvement and guidance. An accessible paved trail loop was also completed in the Kuenning Dicke Natural Area that connects to the Miami Erie Canal towpath north of New Bremen. Design Improvements to the Municipal Pool for the Village of Ada were completed and construction will follow after the 2017 summer season. The project consists of renovation and additions to the historic bathhouse and pool renovations including a new spraypad.

Several other public projects are in process. Following a study for the Village of Jackson Center, the design process for a new public facility will begin this winter. The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services will construct a new facility in Miami County that will include spaces for several Miami and surrounding County Agencies. Site and zoning items were accomplished previously and facility design is in process. The design phase of a major addition to Fair Haven Shelby County Home is nearing completion. The addition will provide new private rooms and associated services addressing senior care needs in the Shelby County area.

We were pleased to work with several private sector clients. A major interior restoration project was completed last May for St. Mary Catholic Church in Chillicothe. Work included painting and art decoration, new woodwork and barrier free accessibility. Restoration was also completed for the Sidney Theatre for Raise The Roof For The Arts.

Services were also provided for Fort Recovery Industries and Crown Equipment Corp. We are extremely grateful for our continued association with Crown spanning several decades.

We thank all our valued clients, associates and friends and look forward to new challenges in 2017.


For the Sidney Daily News