Grand Haven High School

Grand Haven, Michigan

Staff and administration wanted to create a facility that would carry the school district into the 21st century and provide for educational opportunities preparing students to compete in the global market.

Computer technology was considered to be an integral part of the design. Circulation and organization became key elements in the program. The school’s core ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$97.92CITATIONCrow Island School CitationFEATURED IN1998 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas was designed for 2,300 students. A common entry was created so that visitors and students alike would be able to identify their destinations. The organizational element and focal point, reinforcing entry and creating relief to massing of the building, is the rotunda. Spaces were organized by placing academic functions to the south and high-profile spaces to the north of the rotunda. The gathering/entry space also holds a pendulum globe donated by the local Rotary Club.

All classroom pods are located off the south end of the spine, providing easy access to the shared academic functions: science labs, art studios and computer labs. Curved walls present the entry to each classroom pod and serve as a backdrop to this gathering area. Each wall is numbered and colored differently to assist students in finding their way.

The north/south corridor, connecting all elements, is the spine of the facility. The spine, which has a barrel-vaulted roof, shoots through the rotunda, and serves to guide visitors and students to their points of destination.

Photographer: ©Bill Lindhout Photography

"Excellent use of light and natural materials; exciting design elements; pleasing structural theme carrried throughout; well-integrated technology."—1998 jury