Gates Chili sought to create a 21st-century learning environment that prepares students to compete in the global marketplace. The resulting new and renovated spaces enhance and expand the school’s curriculum while eliminating the dullness of traditional institutions. Skylights and large windows let light pour in. Terrazzo floors, dark wood finishes and ASSOCIATED FIRMCreative Details, Inc.CAPACITY1,700COST PER SQ FT$261.24CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio color schemes make this an environment that respects students’ transition into adulthood.
The science atrium is home to an aquatics lab and botanical planters used in experiments and lessons. The aquatics lab’s tanks house tropical fish, local Great Lakes fish and reptiles. Students can monitor the tanks from within classrooms.
The library/media center strives to inspire a love of reading with an up-to-date collection of 19,500 books. Soft seating areas make this a leisure center to inspire lifelong learning. Learning opportunities are everywhere, such as at the juice bar managed and operated by students in the business program.
The Spartan Field House is home to a gymnasium, indoor track, natatorium and fitness center that promote the physical wellness of all students.
"Nice connectivity of spaces. Learning opportunities are brought out of classrooms into circulation areas. The library is warm and inviting."--2009 jury