Madison Elementary School

Location: Madison Heights, MI
Client: Madison District Public Schools
Area: 70,000 SF
Completion Date: 2015
Construction Cost:  $9,350,000; $122/SF


  • “This state of the art learning center is truly a school of the 21st century.”
    Maurielle Lue, Fox 2 News Reporter
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Creativity-Focused Elementary School Provides Flexible Learning Environment

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.