Project Description

Originally built in the 1960’s, SDG was the architect for renovations and additions to the high school in 1981. Administrators wanted to improve the educational environment and traffic flow of the existing MLK High School building while adding facilities that would support the curriculum and further motivate students to excel. The renovated school featured art studios, a cafeteria, and athletic facilities, including a competition swimming and diving pool. The new 1,200-seat auditorium for performing arts included a full fly loft for the stage and a workshop for the design and construction of scenery. The entire Detroit Public School district uses the auditorium for major assemblies.

As part of a bond construction program, the school district replaced most of the existing facility in 2011 with a new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient facility emphasizing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. SDG was the City of Detroit Consulting Architect and initial LEED co-consultant along with Architect-of-Record, TMP Architecture, Inc. The SDG-designed auditorium remained and was renovated as part of the new performing arts wing. MLK High School received an Honorable Mention for Green Project of the Year from the Construction Association of Michigan.