Battle Creek Central High School

Battle Creek, Michigan

  • FIRM

    TMP Architecture


    Battle Creek Public Schools

  • AREA

    416,500 sq.ft.





Built in 1908, this 250,000-square-foot high school included two separate buildings on an urban campus. The facility was lacking a central gathering space, or "commons," and present-day athletic components. It needed extensive remodeling throughout. Perhaps most important, the rich history that the old building represented needed to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMArchitects Incorporated, PCCOST PER SQ FT$131.00FEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas intact.

The Battle Creek community had a respectful appreciation for the 100-year-old school’s exterior facade and original entry point. Demolishing this important visual reminder of the school’s history was difficult to digest. The solution: The "exterior" of the school would become the bustling new "interior" student commons area.

With sustainability in mind, the large, three-story brick and limestone east wall of the original school was left intact, preventing these construction materials from reaching a landfill. The space was enclosed as the new student commons area, with the historic element of the large wall serving as a daily reminder of the school’s rich history.

Light and air replace dark and dreary areas. Warped wood floors were repaired, and many areas were replaced with carpeting. Advanced technology permeates the building, and new lighting brightens hallways and classrooms.