Cass Technical High School

Detroit, Michigan

  • FIRM

    TMP Architecture


    Detroit Public School District

  • AREA

    404,000 sq.ft.





The new Cass Technical High School is a 21st-century urban high school of excellence. Cass Tech students are required to choose a career pathway similar to a college major or concentration. It is a magnet school open to Detroit students who pass a vigorous examination acceptance process. The new school will preserve its proud traditions while it sets new standards ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMTYJT (A Joint Venture)CAPACITY2,200COST PER SQ FT$231.43CITATIONSpecial CitationFEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio excellence.

The new school’s mass is broken down to emphasize its varied activities. Academic, public, athletic and performance spaces are all distinct pieces of the building. As a whole, exterior materials express Detroit’s industrial history while reflecting the school’s forward-thinking


The school’s small urban site required organization vertically on seven levels. One design challenge was to accommodate the unique lab environment, catering to career pathways and retaining flexibility for future curriculum requirements.

A collection of “collaboration centers” is situated strategically to promote interaction between the pathways and to encourage team- teaching.

The school’s interior is characterized by an abundance of natural light, spectacular and inspirational views, and a strong sense of order throughout.

"Good urban design solution to a typical suburban programmatic problem."--2006 jury