Oakridge High School|
3950 Sparks Drive S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Construction Period: Oct 1999 to May 2001
Construction Manager: Muskegon Construction Company - 111 W. Western Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49442
Structural/Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: URS Corporation - 3950 Sparks Drive S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546
The objectives of the new Oakridge High School were to provide a cost-effective facility that would operate jointly with the existing high school, which was to be converted into a 7th to 9th grade middle school upon completion of the new facility. In addition the new school would provide both a distinct identity for the New High School and integrated appearance with the existing campus and the adjacent restructured middle school.
By connecting the two schools’ east-west corridors, shared access was permitted to the new common areas such as the media center, music suite, life skills, and the computer and business labs.
A new high school north-south arterial corridor was also provided, linking event parking to the athletic areas, cafetorium and main entrance, permitting separation of the classroom and science lab wing from community use.
The existing campus plan was also redesigned to provide proper separation of each school’s traffic, including separate bus loops, parent drop-off, and visitor and student parking. Parking lot boundaries were relocated to remove parking away from classroom windows, and provide outdoor uses such as outdoor dining for the middle school cafeteria, additional basketball courts, and service entrances. Where possible, existing woodland trees and native understory vegetation were preserved as part of a low maintenance landscape. The school’s lushly appointed outdoor courtyard is used for outdoor dining during the warmer months.
The new high school’s palette of exterior materials emphasizes an integrated appearance with the existing middle school (formerly the high school). The matching primary brick, along with contrasting accent brick, matching coping color, and window style and color — achieve a harmonious collection of building forms and textures. However, the new high school’s identity is firmly established by the two-story, curved massing of the new media center. This elevation is punctuated by a large, stepped north facing curtainwall, masonry piers, and banded brick pattern and colors in a “wing spread” design. This concept represents the school’s mascot, “eagle in flight”, symbolizing both the established athletic logo and the pursuit of scholarship and skills at the highest level. The main entry is punctuated with similar banded brick columns and an overhead pergola.
All classrooms and corridors are covered with low maintenance Marmoleum® Linoleum by Forbo Industries, which incorporates a rich palette of purple, orange, green and blue accents in a neutral ivory field. Because it is established that color plays an integral part in a successful learning environment, each classroom received an accented colored wall. High spectrum lamps, which more closely mimic natural daylight, are specified in all classroom light fixtures to provide an optimum learning environment.
New standards for indoor air quality are provided by ducted supply and return air systems with air handling units located in two second floor mechanical rooms. Operating, slider-type windows provide additional outside air for non air-conditioned areas.
While the project provides cost effective solutions, detail and quality were not compromised.
DIV 04: Masonry: The Belden Brick
DIV 08: Windows: Litex.
DIV 09: Wood Flooring: Action Floor Systems; Linoleum: Marmoleum® by Forbo Industries, Inc.