Sparta Middle School

Sparta, Michigan


Sparta Area Schools


123,347 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


As part of a $58.6 million bond issue, Sparta Area Schools sought to transform the middle school’s educational model by transitioning from a traditional departmentalized curriculum to an inclusive, interdisciplinary delivery method. The vision for the new middle school was to create collaborative environments that inspire learning and instruction, provide connection to the outdoors through natural light and outdoor learning spaces, and offer a welcoming community atmosphere while ensuring school safety isn’t compromised.

GMB designers created a building composed of four quadrants – multiuse flexible learning environments that the school calls “neighborhoods,” each with four classrooms, a STEM room, a special education room, and a maker space. The neighborhoods are connected by a central circulation Learning Stair that puts learning on display for anyone who enters the school. Special education classrooms are situated within the neighborhoods so every student is part of the learning activity that occurs there, and the massive hallways are instead extensions of the classroom space, where students can easily break into groups while still being connected to and supervised by teachers.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

The Christman Company (construction manager), JRA (food service consultant), CBD Consulting (IT/AV)

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Milliken
Flooring by Centiva
Physical-Education Flooring by Action Floor Systems
Brick/Masonry by Belden Brick
Cabinets by Stevens Industries
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceilings by Rulon
Ceramic Tile by American Olean
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Ceramic Tile by Crossville
Door Hardware by Schlage
Doors by Algoma Hardwoods
Elevators by Vertical Express
Movable Partitions/Walls by Moderco
Paint/Wallcoverings by Benjamin Moore
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Elkay
Roofing by Carlisle SynTec
Windows by Guardian
Windows by Tubelite
Lighting & Accessories by Finelite
Lighting & Accessories by Acuity Brands Controls
Lighting & Accessories by Winona Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Spectrum Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Delray Lighting
Cafeteria Furniture by AmTab Mfg
Classroom Furniture by Alumni Classroom Furniture
Classroom Furniture by Allsteel
Classroom Furniture by V/S America
Library/Media Center Furniture by Media Technologies
Library/Media Center Furniture by Allsteel
Library/Media Center Furniture by Herman Miller
Library/Media Center Furniture by Global Casework
Library/Media Center Furniture by Smith Systems
Library/Media Center Furniture by OFS
Library/Media Center Furniture by Steelcase
Lounge Furniture by Allsteel
Lounge Furniture by Herman Miller
Lounge Furniture by Global Casework
Lounge Furniture by Smith Systems
Lounge Furniture by OFS
Lounge Furniture by Steelcase
Office Furniture by Haworth
Science Furniture by Stevens Industries
Science Furniture by National Public Seating
Hand-Drying Equipment by World Dryer
Athletic Equipment by Draper
Bleachers/Grandstands by Interkal
Scoreboards/Clocks by Fair-Play Scoreboards
Draperies/Blinds by Draper
Kitchen Equipment by Stafford-Smith
Lockers by Lyon Workspace Products
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Cig Jan
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