Forest Hills Northern High School, Project NEXT

Grand Rapids, Michigan


Forest Hills Public Schools


37,000 sq.ft.

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Forest Hills Northern High School offers its students a new way of learning through a project-based program called Project NEXT, a four-year parallel path program that was driven by a vision to provide students with hands-on learning. Supporting a program that prepares students for life through soft skills like communication, teamwork, public speaking and independent thought was central to the design. The spaces are intended to be multipurpose, flexible, and connected to achieve the program’s vision. Students in the program must identify and propose solutions to real-world problems, so spaces that fuel collaboration and creativity are essential. Redesigning the school’s west wing to accommodate those needs started with converting a courtyard into a central learning commons. Next to the commons, each grade level has its own pod of four classrooms that can be interconnected for collaboration and co-teaching as needed. One of the goals of project-based learning is to create cross-pollination between disciplines and build cohesion between curriculums. Labs were added for woodworking, culinary arts, chemistry, biology, and other life skills.

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Interior Renovation

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Shaw
Brick/Masonry by Belden Brick
Ceilings by USG
Door Hardware by Allegion
Ceramic Tile by Atlas Concorde
Doors by Pioneer Industries
Insulation by Guardian
Movable Partitions/Walls by Hufcor
Paint/Wallcoverings by Benjamin Moore
Plumbing by Kohler
Plumbing by Sloan Valve
Plumbing by Chicago Faucets
Roofing by Carlisle SynTec
Skylights by Kalwall
Windows by Tubelite
Lighting & Accessories by Focal Point
Lighting & Accessories by Lumenwerx
Emergency Lighting by Acuity Brands Controls
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by SimplexGrinnell
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Edwards Systems Technologies
Locks by Medeco
Classroom Furniture by Steelcase
Classroom Furniture by V/S America
Classroom Furniture by Smith Systems
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Steelcase
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by V/S America
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Smith Systems
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Allsteel
Science Furniture by V/S America
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Washroom Accessories by American Specialties
Washroom Fixtures by Chicago Faucets
Washroom Fixtures by Kohler
Washroom/Shower Partitions by American Specialties
Communications Systems by Bogen Communications
Clocks/Time Management by SimplexGrinnell
HVAC Units by Trane
HVAC Control Devices by Siemens Building Technologies
HVAC Control Devices by Ruskin
IAQ Devices by Titus
ADA/Compliance Equipment by American Specialties
Lockers by AMP
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Cig Jan
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Koroseal
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