Lakeview High School (Work in Progress)

Battle Creek, Michigan

  • FIRM

    BETA Design Group


    Lakeview Public Schools

  • AREA

    306,000 sq.ft.





"There is more information available outside of schools than inside of schools. If getting information were the sole function of schools, then schools would be antiquated. A school is not just bricks and mortar, but a social setting, a supportive, nurturing environment. We need school facilities that offer flexibility for multiple venues for learning,” says former ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$128.50CITATIONWork in Progress CitationFEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress Robert Spencer.

Responding to this challenge, Lakeview High School enables formal and informal learning to occur within this highly flexible facility.

The school is organized into learning villages of 150 students each that surround a multipurpose courtyard. These villages open onto the two-story media arbor—a media center without walls and flooded with daylight, which encourages student use and challenges accepted notions of what a high school media center should be.

The Arbor Trail is a great space that links the building’s activities, secures the building for community use, and provides informal learning opportunities.

Wireless technology enables learning to occur throughout, not just in classrooms. Daylighting permeates the facility and contributes to student achievement, health and energy efficiency.

"Flexible and adaptable teaching space gives the feeling of openness. Students will feel welcomed by the layout, light and concept."--2004 jury