Dexter Early Elementary Complex

Dexter, Michigan


Dexter Community Schools


145,844 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


The Dexter Early Elementary Complex consists of two elementary schools connected in the center by two large collaboration spaces. These spaces provide wide-ranging opportunities for student and staff interaction. Levels of engagement range from large group experiences to individual “nests.”

A central public entrance accommodates community use of the collaboration spaces while maintaining the security of the remainder of the complex.

Dexter Schools envisions partnering with local businesses to teach students real-world problem solving and to enhance the relevancy of what they are learning in school. The physical connection provides opportunities to interact with the diverse and rich life experiences of the entire student population.

The complex is a steel-frame structure that enabled builders to enclose the facility quickly and accelerate the installation of infrastructure systems. All new construction uses LED lighting, which provides a long-lasting and easily dimmable light source throughout.
The public toilets are gender-neutral, and the lavatories are open to the adjacent lobbies. This facilitates supervision with children in this age group.

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Bronze Citation

Featured in

2020 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

Pre-K/Early Childhood Education

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Interface
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Flooring by Nydree
Brick/Masonry by Carolina Ceramics
Brick/Masonry by Sioux City Brick
Cabinets by Wilsonart
Ceilings by Tectum
Ceilings by Rulon
Ceilings by USG
Ceramic Tile by American Olean
Movable Partitions/Walls by Koroseal
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Ceramic Tile by Tectura Designs
Doors by Vale FRP Doors
Skylights by Linetec
Lighting & Accessories by Metalux
Athletic Equipment by Performance Sports Systems (PSS)
HVAC Units by Runtal
Lockers by Lyon Workspace Products
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Marsh Industries
Kitchen Equipment by Delfield
Athletic Equipment by Everlast
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