Dexter Community Schools wanted a new high school to support curricula well into the 21st century. The result is a facility with a three-story academic wing that can be organized vertically, horizontally, departmentally, grade-based, team-based or school-within-a-school.
Partition walls between classrooms open to support multi-class activities and team-teaching. CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$124.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio groups of eight can be reorganized, and this is accomplished easily through structural steel frame/drywall construction.
LCD projectors provide large-screen display from computers, the TV studio and the auditorium. Internet connections are provided for classroom instruction.
Specialty spaces such as the applied-technologies/graphic-arts suite and science labs are combined for integrated curricula and operational efficiencies.
Abundant windows and hierarchical arrangement of spaces provide natural light and clear spatial connections to simplify wayfinding.
The second-level bridge above the cafeteria/commons visibly links the athletic complex with performing arts. At the building’s locus, the glass spine corridor connects public and academic spaces, and serves as the primary orientation point.