Finney High School Demolition Starts Today; The new $46.3 million Finney Crockett High School will be built on the same site

Detroit-Demolition starts today on the old Finney High School, 17200 Southampton Street, to make way for a new $46.3 million facility that will be built on the same site and merge with Crockett High School.

Demolition crews will take approximately two months to level the vacated building.

The new 221,000-square-foot Finney Crocket High School will accommodate up to 1,200 students in a move that will consolidate both campuses when the school opens in 2012. Finney Crockett is one of three high schools that will be built from the ground up in the Detroit Public Schools’ $500.5 million bond construction program.

Design features of the new school are warm, neutral tones for the brick exterior to create a timeless, sustainable look. The mosaic tile inside the school will be a composition that blends the culture and community using purple, teal, kelly green and white, the four school colors from both Finney and Crockett.

The new Finney Crockett will be a LEED Gold Certified state-of-the-art facility featuring four wings that will accommodate eight science laboratories, a high-tech media center, an athletic area with a community health clinic, and a performing arts section. The performing arts wing will include an 800-seat auditorium, a small black box theater with a scene shop and dressing rooms, a 2,400-square-foot band room, and a 1,900-square-foot choir room. A cafeteria commons will anchor the four wings that will also function as an assembly area for programs and events.

The indoor athletic wing will have a gymnasium with 1,300 bleacher seats, an eight-lane pool and diving well with balcony seating for 230. Outside facilities include a football and track and field complex with stadium seating for 1,100, four tennis courts, varsity baseball and softball fields and event parking.

This year’s sophomore students will be the first class to graduate in the new facility in the spring of 2013.

Tooles Clark, a 55% Detroit-headquartered firm is the design builder. Albert Kahn and Associates is the architect.

Detroit voters approved Proposal S in Nov. 2009 which enabled the district to access $500.5 million for school capital improvement projects. DPS received the sixth largest allocation in the nation.

The improvement program also 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 projects must be completed by September 2012.

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