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Detroit-Detroit Public Schools today announced details for a new $50.3 million, 239,900-square-foot Mumford High School, one of three new high schools to be completed as part of the district’s $500.5 million Capital Improvement Program.
The new Mumford will be a LEED Silver Certified state-of-the-art facility featuring academic core areas, a high-tech media center, modern science laboratories, and a community health clinic. The school, being built on the current Mumford athletic field, will be complete in 2012.
“We knew that in the case of Mumford’s hallowed traditions, strong alumni base, location right in the middle of highly stable neighborhoods, and the pure scope of the project, this was a building for which maximum input and attention to design would be critical,” said Emergency Financial manager Robert C. Bobb. “We believe we have achieved that with this new world class facility.”
Students, parents, alumni and faculty of Mumford High School, joined by civic and community groups broke ground for the new building today.
More than 200 sophomore students capped off the groundbreaking celebration by releasing balloons in the school’s colors of powder blue and burgundy on the athletic field. The sophomore class will be the first class to graduate in the new facility in the spring of 2013.
Serving approximately 1,500 students on the city’s northwest side, Samuel C. Mumford HighSchool, 17525 Wyoming Street, will be constructed using $500.5 million voter-approved funds from the Proposal S Bond Referendum. It is one of three high schools that will be built from the ground up. Construction is underway at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School with work to be complete by 2011. A new Finney Crockett High School will also be built.
Mumford is one of seven projects breaking ground this fall in the district’s three-year capital improvement program. Construction started this summer on 10 other projects with one renovation 100 percent complete at the John R. King PreK to 8 School.
The groundbreaking at Mumford comes shortly before the one-year anniversary after voters approved Proposal S. Sixteen of the 18 construction projects have been awarded to-date to Detroit-based companies. White-Turner, a 50 percent Detroit-headquartered business will lead the Mumford project.
The new building will feature academic core areas that will enable the school to function as a series of smaller learning communities within a larger campus. The school will be anchored by spacious, bright open commons that will accommodate a cafeteria, studying areas and meeting spaces. Adjacent to the commons will be the media center with access to the performing arts wing with an 800-seat auditorium. The new athletic wing will include a 1,200-seat gymnasium, an eight-lane swimming pool, and a community health clinic serving neighborhoods on the northwest side.
A major improvement to the school’s curriculum will be the new science and technology labs.
The primary building entrance will face west toward Mendota Avenue while secondary entrances for the performing arts and athletic wings will face east. The new facility will be built on the athletic fields directly west of the existing school. Students will remain in the existing building through 2012 while the new school is being constructed. Upon completion, the existing post-World War II building will be demolished and replaced with new athletic fields and parking.
New exterior facilities will include outdoor space for baseball, softball, and tennis. A multipurpose field with synthetic grass will provide a durable surface for football, soccer and the school’s marching band. Spectator stands and accessory buildings will be at each venue.
The current 62-year-old Art Deco style building has received minor upgrades and additions throughout its history, but in recent years the overall condition of the building has deteriorated. The current facility has extensive problems with its mechanical, electrical and security systems and suffers from poorly insulated walls and obsolete windows. A plan of modernization and alignment with current educational requirements was studied by district officials who determined the construction of a new building is more cost effective with more optimal results than remodeling the existing structure.
Detroit voters approved Proposal S last November which enabled the district to access $500.5 million for school capital improvement projects. DPS received the sixth largest allocation in the nation.
The DPS School Construction Program includes a total of 18 construction projects. The improvement program also includes district-wide technology upgrades and security initiatives being funded with Proposal S dollars. To comply with federal guidelines, all bond dollars must be spent within three years and all 18 projects must be completed by September 2012.