Jonesville’s new high school was needed to relieve the crowding in one of the oldest school buildings in Michigan. The new site is north of the existing elementary school, and the two are connected by an access road for buses.
Two arched entrance canopies highlight the attractive exterior of brick, split-face masonry and precast concrete accent blocks. A main CAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$120.18FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio opens into the commons area and tiered cafetorium space. The 1,600-seat gymnasium also contains a multiuse loft. The reverse-fold bleachers maximize the open space on the loft. A 1,500-square-foot fitness center can be accessed from the exterior for community use.
A two-story media center with a reading loft is the core of the educational wing. Its 15-foot by 70-foot translucent skylight provides constant, ambient light for the space. Three tiered classroom/computer lab spaces are interspersed throughout the building. These unique rooms allow for an instructor to view all of the students’ monitors at once. Also unique to this school is a darkroom with a revolving door.