Allen Park Middle School was just one of the district facilities to receive renovations and upgrades as a result of a bond election. The new spaces were designed to make students imagine they are in the canopy of a tree, reminiscent of being in a treehouse. The quarter barrel-vault roof structure projects this environment into the second-floor media center. The COST PER SQ FT$131.73FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers plan relates back to the strong grid of the existing facility. The tower element directs students and visitors to the main entry, helping to eliminate the previous confusion of two front doors.
The renovations included a full exterior glazing replacement, mechanical and electrical upgrades, a new cafeteria serving area and track improvements. New lighting and mechanical systems improved the quality of the learning environments. Fresh interior finishes combined to give a renewed sense of pride to students, staff and community members.
Floor patterns reinforce the theme of bringing nature into the space by the design of tree branches and foliage.