Midland Public Schools, Central Park Elementary

Midland, Michigan

  • FIRM

    French Associates


    Midland Public Schools

  • AREA

    84,860 sq.ft.





Central Park Elementary was designed from the ground up as a tool for STEM education. The district’s use of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum directly influenced the design of the facility.
Unlike a typical school with individual classrooms along either side of a corridor, learning suites were developed for each grade level. These learning suites cluster five ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$207.00FEATURED IN2018 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas studios around a maker space and STEM studio. Each learning studio is opened to the maker space and STEM studios by a glass overhead door. The staff worked extensively prior to occupancy to embrace the openness of the building. Each learning suite also leads to an outdoor classroom area that provides play areas for the students and specific PLTW curriculum opportunities.
Building elements were intentionally exposed and labeled to help immerse students in a STEM environment.