The only new High School to open in Michigan this year is in Fremont, and it has some powerful educational and energy-saving features.
Integrated Technology and Furniture
The first Steelcase media:scape® lab in a K-12 school in Michigan would be the envy of any corporate team. Up to five groups are supported with integrated technology and furniture that boosts collaboration and help teams excel. The configuration and technology allow participants to equally access and share information quickly and seamlessly.
Every Classroom is Flexible
All general classrooms are designed for Interactive Learning. Every wall is a teaching wall, and tables and chairs are move easily. Mobile technology and presentation equipment supports up to four teams within the room and ensures that discussions and information access is close by every student. Huddleboards hang around the classroom and can easily move with the students to use on the tables or floor for individual or team work. The teacher’s “desk” is a wireless computer on a mobile chart, and allows the teacher to move from group to group and function as a facilitator or coach.
Adjustable Furnishings in Unexpected Places
The Chemistry room’s dynamic Axis Infinity® workstations allow groups to seamlessly flow from lecture to laboratory work to demonstrations within a simple learning space. The tabletop contains a sink and lab gasses, and it adjusts to a sitting or standing lab bench height by a touch of the remote control, so any station is ADA accessible. The workstations also support biology, physics, and general science programs. Any subject matter could be taught in this room, another flexible feature of the high school’s design.
Radiant Heat Served by a Geothermal System
Radiant floor heat creates a comfortable, quiet environment. Our engineers had a unique opportunity to provide the district with the energy-efficient heating and cooling system they wanted. Kingscott designed a water-to-water geothermal system to work with the radiant floor heat. The system will be low maintenance as well as energy-saving. Compressors and refrigerants are centralized for easy maintenance, and all air-handling units have heat recovery.
Natural Light Throughout
Kingscott’s design architect took care to maximize natural light and visual connectivity throughout the school to promote a sense of well being and create a healthy environment for learning. Every room has tall windows and sloping ceilings, as well as occupancy sensors and a daylight harvesting system. The building design purposely created visual connectivity throughout the building. Natural light flows into central corridors. Classroom doorways are wide so light from the exterior windows passes through to the hallways.