Building: New Construction
Location: 3200 E. Layette Street
Project Cost: $46.4 million
Design Builder: Jenkins Granger LLC, 49% Detroit-Headquartered firm
Architect: TMP Architecture
Construction Start: Summer 2010
Construction Complete: Fall 2011
The New MLK
The new $46.4 million building will replace the existing Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School with a LEEED Gold Certified state-of-the-art facility emphasizing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Curriculum. The new building will have a cyber café and media center and will connect to the current auditorium and performing arts building, which will be remodeled. The opposite end of the school will feature a new varsity gymnasium and a multi-lane natatorium. MLK students will attend classes in the existing facility throughout construction; once students are relocated, the old building will be demolished.
DPS School Construction Program
Detroit voters approved the Proposal S bond issue in November 2009 which enabled DPS to access $500.5 million for school capital improvement projects through President Obama’s economic stimulus package. DPS received the sixth largest allocation in the nation.
All combined, the DPS School Construction Program includes new facilities for the DPS Police Headquarters & Command Center and seven schools, major renovations at nine more, in addition to demolition projects and security and technology upgrades. To comply with federal guidelines, all bond dollars must be spent within three years and all projects must be completed by September 2012.