Lakeview High School

Battle Creek, Michigan

  • FIRM

    BETA Design Group

  • CLIENT

    Lakeview School District

  • AREA

    273,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $33,033,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    12/2005

The architect worked with administrators to push the envelope on school design and seek ways to improve the education process through architecture. Emphasis was placed on maximizing the use of space, incorporating an abundance of daylight, and integrating technology to accommodate new and emerging styles of teaching and learning.

A continuous clerestory bathes the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,500COST PER SQ FT$121.00CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio spaces with soft, uniform light. The clerestory is centralized above the media center. Situated at the academic heart of the school, the media center challenges the traditional notions of a high school library. This 6,400-square-foot space is both a repository of knowledge and a social center for students. It features an open layout that is accessible by the surrounding corridors and spaces.

The academic portion of the building consists of eight Learning Villages. Each of the villages is made up of a cluster of classrooms, lab studios and teacher-planning areas designed around an open courtyard. The courtyards are versatile, multipurpose spaces that provide a sense of community, and offer auxiliary support to activities in the classroom. With an emphasis on openness through the academic building, students can flow freely from the open courtyards and corridors to the media center.

“Well-planned use of space to create new and useful areas.”--2007 jury