Charlotte Middle School

Charlotte, Michigan

  • FIRM

    Fanning Howey

  • CLIENT

    Charlotte Public Schools

  • AREA

    192,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $19,342,734.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    12/2002

The media center in the new Charlotte Middle School, an 1,100-student building serving grades 5 to 8, accommodates an ambitious library media program recently recognized as the best in the state by the Michigan Association for Media in Education. The center features a carefully programmed suite of spaces, including two conference rooms; an open computer lab; a media ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$100.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers room; an office; a workroom; and ample areas for reading, working independently or gathering in small discussion groups.

The space features an expansive window along its south-facing wall and a dramatic, 36-foot ceiling height punctuated by a series of pendant light fixtures. A dynamic mix of furniture supports technology-based learning, casual reading and research. The raised ceiling height and traditional “schoolhouse” profile of the southern wall create an inspiring and highly visible focal point for the sun-filled interior space and the school’s exterior elevation.