The Lapeer County ISD Vocational School was constructed in 1975 on a very rural site, set back more than 1,000 feet from the road. The existing vocational school was functional, but had no presence on its 80-acre site. The district decided to bring all of its facilities together at one location; the new addition was designed to create an identity as an education center. COST PER SQ FT$105.57FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYVocational/Industrial arts tie all of the different functions together within the vocational school, a mall concept was created.
The addition has created a central circulation theme that provides direct access to all programs. By arranging the addition in front of the existing facility, an upbeat visual expression replaces the drab, inconspicuous look of the original building. A building that had no recognizable entrance now has a focal point for all programs.
New spaces include a science lab for fifth graders, classrooms, a multifunctional computer lab, a conferencing center for teacher-enrichment programs and community use, general education and administrative offices, and the special-education program.