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Liberty Middle School - Canton, Michigan

TMP Architecture, Inc.

Posted: February 1, 2024 | Projects

TMP Architecture was hired to adapt one of the firm's successful prototype designs for a new middle school for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools of Canton, Michigan. 

Photograph courtesy of Christopher Lark Photography

The “new ” plan incorporates a centrally located administrative welcome center to enhance safety and security. The designers placed the media center at the upper level directly above the welcome center to architecturally denote a strong visual image. Collaboration Centers were designed to reinforce interaction by students and teachers. 

Centralized space is accommodated for art, life management, STEM labs, instrumental music, vocal music, and general music – all supported with generous storage spaces. 

Dining space that expands into an adjacent auxiliary gym allows theater performances to occur on a working stage space. Clear and direct circulation routes into and out of the servery and dining space allows outstanding “traffic” flow – and there is direct access to outdoor play space. 

Physical activity is centered on the competition gymnasium that includes bleacher seating for 800 people. There are also locker rooms for physical education, team sports, and trainer space. 

The dining and gymnasium spaces are accessed directly (without having to access the remainder of the school) and include their own lobby to facilitate after-hours events. 

Instructional classroom/learning studios are grouped into smaller learning communities to accommodate grade level and interdisciplinary curriculum. Each learning community also includes science studios, special education spaces, restrooms, and faculty planning centers. 

Additionally, the clear and direct circulation routes with student-commons nodes reinforces a very open and friendly supervision atmosphere. 

This new 900-student middle school includes predominately masonry products for both exterior and interior applications. Designers chose masonry due to its versatility, variety of color choices, and longevity. Because this new school replaces an older school within the district, the masonry for Liberty Middle School utilizes a similar color palette. 

The exterior design is crafted with brick units in two distinct colors. The field brick is a warm red tone that relates directly to the village context and visually elevates the school as an important community facility. Interspersed with the field brick are accents in a buff limestone color (horizontally) to articulate the base of the school and (vertically) to highlight the structural grid. 

The limestone color is also used as a metaphorical reflection back to the original school, which utilized actual limestone banding and accent features. The combination of the two bricks adds a vivid expression – and reinforces the school’s stately position on busy Cherry Hill Road within the community of Canton.

TMP Architecture, Inc.
1191 W. Square Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Structural Engineer
Penhale & Yates, Inc.
29200 Southfield Road, #207, Southfield, MI 48076

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Peter Basso Associates
5145 Livernois Road, #100, Troy, MI 48098

Civil Engineer & Landscape Design
Spalding DeDecker
905 South Boulevard, E., Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Construction Manager & Cost Estimator
McCarthy & Smith, Inc.
24317 Indoplex Circle, Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Food Service Design
E.F. Whitney, Inc.
568 Ann Street, Birmingham, MI 48009

Location: Canton, Michigan
Date Bid: Mar 2014
Construction Period: May 2014 to Sep 2015
Total Square Feet: 140,000 Site: 23.28 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 41 classrooms, 2 gymnasiums.
Building Sizes: First floor, 97,160; second floor, 42,840; total, 140,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10'; second floor, 10'; total, 41'.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall.
Roof: Asphalt shingles, membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the January/February 2024 issue of DCD