BUILDING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

Due to a decreasing student population, facility maintenance costs and aging facilities, the community of Bloomfield Hills approved a bond in May 2012 to renovate the existing Andover High School in order to consolidate Lahser and Andover into one high school, creating Bloomfield Hills High School. The resulting 350,000 SF building will include a 233,000 SF addition and 117,000 SF of renovations to the existing building. The new consolidated Bloomfield Hills High School will feature small, technology-rich learning communities with a variety of learning spaces to encourage collaboration, student-directed learning, project-based learning, and interdisciplinary instruction. Because of the educational background of our staff, Barton Malow’s technology design group was part of the lead design team creating the learning environments throughout the building. The new high school will be a highly collaborative space more resembling a college campus where teachers are not assigned to classrooms, instead there are multiple types of spaces teachers will use as needed to best support that days learning goals. In addition to the small learning communities, the school will feature fine arts, music, performing arts center, student radio and TV, gymnasium and field house, 12- lane pool, and a central commons building. To aid in the transition, model spaces were created at the middle schools to pilot educational spaces and strategies, provide an environment for professional development, and begin to prepare staff and future high school students for the new environment.

The project includes:

• High School broadcast/radio studio

• Network video distribution system

• Flexible classrooms and collaborative working areas

• District-wide Network/Wireless infrastructure enhancements

• 1:1 mobile student devices

• Audiovisual control systems

• Middle School collaborative learning centers

• Video surveillance and access control

Paul Twigg

“Few people in technology get to work on schools, university buildings, libraries, manufacturing plants, military bases, and college stadiums! Variety at Barton Malow keeps work interesting and provides a broader perspective for innovative solutions.”