Port Huron Northern High School

Port Huron, Michigan


Port Huron Area School District


197,222 sq.ft.

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Design Team: John Castellana (Project Director), Nandita Mishra (Project Manager & Designer), Mike Evans (Project Architect), Daryl Benish (Project Architect), Emily Beuschel (Interior Designer), Brett Carte (Field Coordinator)

The challenge was to transform an older building and create innovative learning environments. A STEAM addition with two flexible studio spaces, storage and prep areas was designed to support the district’s vision for its curriculum. A collaboration and ideation space within this addition also supports the STEAM labs as breakout spaces for brainstorming and team activities.

The main entrance received a new canopy and a secure vestibule that connects to the administration areas, which was relocated to an existing classroom wing. The new location provides an “all eyes on the ground” visual connection to the site, enhancing safety and security. Found and underused spaces were transformed to create a new student commons outfitted with technology, charging ports, writable surfaces, group rooms, and seating alcoves.

The existing science labs were transformed into a science suite outfitted with technology, breakout collaboration areas and a shared prep room. Visual and physical connections between the labs support an organic movement of students within these spaces, enhancing more team-teaching opportunities and student collaboration within the space.

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