East Grand Rapids High School, Learning Commons

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Using the footprint of the existing traditional media center, this space was transformed into a Learning Commons more fitting with modern needs. Prominently situated off the main building entry, the south facade was opened up with a new storefront that brings in an abundance of natural light. Additional glass at the entry provides visible connections to the main corridor ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$94.00FEATURED IN2017 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers office.
This space provides a highly flexible, collaborative and magnetic space for students and staff. A variety of environments gives students autonomy in how they learn. The space features six small group rooms for four to six students, a large conference room sized for 50 and a help desk staffed by media specialists and technology staff.
The print collection was significantly reduced and co-located in the northwest corner of the building and peppered throughout on low mobile shelving units, which double to define different zones. The remaining area features zones for more individually focused tasks as well as a variety of settings for focused group work or social interactions.