King Academy was developed as a replacement for an existing 1950s facility. The greatest challenge was maintaining the existing on-site academy while construction and site development of the new 63,000-square-foot facility progressed. The district’s goal for this academy is to promote the integration of core subject areas with the use of technology. Classrooms are CAPACITY300COST PER SQ FT$115.87FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio with smart boards, audio enhancement, digital projection capabilities and computer workstations.
The classic arts-and-crafts design was derived from the examples of historic residential design in Mount Clemens. The exterior color palette includes rich earth tones and detailing such as brackets, trellis arches and tapered columns. Interior finishes enhance the concept by integrating geometric designs reflecting nature, as well as soffit detailing from the arts-and-crafts era.
The planning of the new academy is based on a pod concept. Three classroom pods house classrooms, and the fourth pod houses the gymnasium, cafetorium, media center, and spaces for art, discovery/science, music and computer laboratories.