Oakland Schools Office and Conference Center

Waterford, Michigan

  • FIRM

    French Associates


    Oakland Intermediate School District

  • AREA

    153,000 sq.ft.





The function of Oakland Schools is to provide staff training and services, such as coordinating special education and curriculum development of all the county’s school districts.

The office zone is designed to maximize staff flexibility to create teams as needed. Office partitioning and a pressurized access floor system are used throughout to allow easy ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY200COST PER SQ FT$119.78CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio of the wiring and individual control over the air-supply systems.

A variety of meeting spaces is provided to accommodate more than 3,000 meetings annually. These meeting spaces have been consolidated into a conference facility zone, which includes a 9,000-square-foot presentation room that can accommodate 650 people in banquet seating and more than 1,000 in a presentation scenario.

The lobby separates the office and conference zones, and is designed for multiple functions including waiting, registration, dining and display.

The design of the building reflects the open, flexible “fluid” operations it houses. The curvilinear shape is enclosed in glass panes that bring in natural light during the day and allow the inside of the building to glow at night.

"Creativity outside promotes interior creativity. Interesting site locations, and use of glass and graphics."--2004 jury