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About the School
The Charter school is a private charter school program in the heart of Detroit serving
1,700 children from kindergarten to high school. Founded for excellence in education
and for the good of the neighborhood the non-profit organization stresses academic
achievement and personal responsibility. Their waiting list exceeds their enrollment.
The organization had operated successfully in a 1950s era building which had long outlived
its usefulness as an educational institution. While the complex of buildings offered
useable cafeteria and gymnasium space the central educational facility was beyond renovation.
A new building was required, but the time between the end of one school year
and the beginning of another required quick action. The organization also expected the
quality and aesthetics of the structure to match their commitment to educational excellence.
Teaming with Innovative Modular Solutions
of Naperville, Illinois, and Lee Stevens
of Stevens Architects, Port Huron,
Michigan, Whitley was able to provide a
building which featured a large open
atrium, extensive ceramic tile work
through-out the building, recessed lockers,
spacious classrooms and an elegant
exterior design. The building comprises
50 modules, site-built additions and totals
56,000sf of space. It connects to the
existing gymnasium and cafeteria and
was ready in time for fall classes.