Detroit-Project management team members and architects today presented a first behind-the-scenes look at the design features of nine schools being newly built or renovated as part of Detroit Public Schools’ $500.5 million bond construction program. Interior and exterior design elements included color schemes, tile and flooring patterns, artwork and sculptures, exterior brick work, courtyard renderings, and more, that are unique to the culture and history of each school.
All combined, the five high schools and four PreK to 8 schools represent $272.6 million of the $500.5 million DPS School Construction project funded by Proposal S bond dollars voters approved in Nov. 2009.
Emergency Financial Manger Robert Bobb said school community groups were highly involved in the planning process with the architects and design builder teams to incorporate artistic elements that reflect the identity of each school and the personality of its students and staff.
“While we’ve been able to get maximum value and reduce long term maintenance and operations costs by using consistent mechanical, electrical and structural components for these schools, the customized designs reflect local school and neighborhood input and the culture of the community the school will serve,” Bobb said. “The result is the ability to utilize buildings with similar floor plans and major components that fit well on a local site and that take on the very diverse visual settings once complete.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School
The new $46.4 million Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School scheduled to open this fall will commemorate its namesake with a large statue that will be the focal point inside the two-story, glass front fa