Location: Madison Heights, MI
Client: Madison District Public Schools
Area: 70,000 SF
Completion Date: 2015
Construction Cost: $9,350,000; $122/SF
As part of the district’s 2013 bond and as the first phase of the master plan implementation, PARTNERS in Architecture transformed an underutilized, written-off and tired 1950’s school building into a state-of-the-art, inspirational environment for learning. The existing building nearly doubled in size, adding multiple classrooms for pre-K through 5th grade, a cafeteria, kitchen, secure entrance, main office and several flexible spaces to accommodate small and large groups as well as diverse learners.
The centrally located “outdoor classroom” provides a secure, large outdoor environment to encourage outdoor learning. The nearly 3,500sf space can accommodate multiple classes at a time and is the main focus of the building. The dynamic and invigorating aesthetic gave the “old building” a new identity and infused a new energy into the neighborhood and community. The Madison Elementary School project is the first phase of implementing the District’s master plan, which is to create a single, central campus for all students.