Renaissance High School and Jerry L. White School

Detroit, Michigan

  • FIRM

    GunnLevine Architects


    Detroit Public Schools

  • AREA

    412,883 sq.ft.





Detroit Public Schools selected the architect as its master architect for the $128 million Sinai Educational Campus.

This campus embraces special-education populations, a blue-ribbon high school, vocational high school, and the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural School. Programming required 397,000 square feet, of which 76,400 square feet is allocated for ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,300COST PER SQ FT$125.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio such as a triple gymnasium and a 600-seat gymnasium.

The new Renaissance High School provides college-preparatory and arts amenities for blue-ribbon high school students and vocational training space for the special-needs students in one building. The organization of the building around a series of courtyards allows all of the populations to succeed in their unique programs while providing the social interaction necessary to gain confidence in real-life experience.

The specialized art, physical education, science and vocational spaces required a team of 13 consultants to ensure that this multipurpose campus exceeded all expectations. The building is designed to the sustainable standards for LEED silver certification and will be used as a teaching tool to foster environmental stewardship.