West Bloomfield Middle School

West Bloomfield, Michigan


French Associates


West Bloomfield School District


8,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


The focus project of the West Bloomfield 2017 Bond program called for combining two existing middle school buildings in one central location. The new building revolves around the “wave” of the media center, or iCenter as it is known in the West Bloomfield School District.

Students can use the Learning Stair as a means of circulation from the first to the second floor, and it can be used as a collaborative space for all group sizes. The space includes a STEAM area furnished with mobile tables and storage for tinkering activities. Flexible soft seating throughout the space can be reconfigured for individual reflection and group collaborative work. Small group rooms include technology for student sharing and presentation. Access to two adjacent courtyards enables learning to extend to exterior spaces and atmospheres, while providing a safe experience for students of all abilities.

The wave shape of the roof defines the two-story space of the media center and reinforces the iCenter as the center of the learning within. The wave roof rolls from the building entrance to the second-story level and subtly represents the school mascot—the Lakers. The design of this space included acoustic metal deck with exposed construction; energy-efficient, high-volume, low-speed overhead fans; multiple layers of LED lighting; fritted glazing at the second-floor fenestration; and sun control at the first floor. These building features are an integral part of the inquiry, investigation, and introspection aspects of the learning experience that takes place in this space.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

Strategic Energy Solutions, Shymanski Associates, Spalding DeDecker, IDS

Cost per Sq Ft


Featured in

2023 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

Libraries/Media Centers

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Shaw
Physical-Education Flooring by Horner Flooring
Flooring by Shaw
Brick/Masonry by Belden Brick
Cabinets by Stevens Industries
Ceilings by USG
Ceramic Tile by Crossville
Door Hardware by Allegion
Doors by VT Industries
Elevators by KONE
Insulation by Dow
Movable Partitions/Walls by Modernfold
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Roofing by Johns Manville
Windows by EFCO
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Lumenwerx
Emergency Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by National Time & Signal
Locks by Schlage
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Source Intl
Classroom Furniture by V/S America
Computer Furniture by Steelcase
Library/Media Center Furniture by Steelcase
Computer Furniture by National Public Seating
Lounge Furniture by Steelcase
Lounge Furniture by National Office Furniture
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Steelcase
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by National Office Furniture
Office Furniture by Steelcase
Science Furniture by Steelcase
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by American Specialties
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom Fixtures by Elkay
Washroom/Shower Partitions by American Specialties
Athletic Equipment by Performance Sports Systems (PSS)
Bleachers/Grandstands by Interkal
Scoreboards/Clocks by Daktronics
Draperies/Blinds by Draper
Kitchen Equipment by Great Lakes Case & Cabinet
Lockers by Republic Storage Systems
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
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