Glass goes in at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School

DETROIT — Glass panels are being added today to the front façade of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School.More than 1,000 square feet of 4-foot by 8-foot vision glass panels have been installed to the commons area that will house the new school’s cafeteria and an amphitheater for smaller assemblies.

The glass façade was designed to open the building to the neighborhood. The roof overhang faces southwest at Larned and McDougall to capture the largest amount of natural light and make the LEED Gold-certified building more energy efficient.

Construction of the façade and installation of the windows took about 30 days. The school is schedule to open this fall.

The new $46.4 million building will replace the existing Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School with a LEEED Gold Certified state-of-the-art facility emphasizing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Curriculum. The new building will have a cyber café and media center and will connect to the current auditorium and performing arts building, which will be remodeled. The opposite end of the school will feature a new varsity gymnasium and a multi-lane natatorium. MLK students will attend classes in the existing facility throughout construction; once students are relocated, the old building will be demolished. Jenkins/Granger, a 49% Detroit-headquartered firm, is the design builder for the MLK project.

About the MLK project: Building: New ConstructionLocation: 3200 E. Layette StreetProject Cost: $46.4 millionDesign Builder: Jenkins Granger LLCArchitect: TMP ArchitectureConstruction Started: Summer 2010Construction to be Completed: Fall 2011
DPS School Construction Program: Detroit voters approved the Proposal S bond issue in November 2009 which enabled DPS to access $500.5 million for school capital improvement projects through President Obama’s economic stimulus package. DPS received the sixth largest allocation in the nation. All combined, the DPS School Construction Program includes new facilities for the DPS Police Headquarters & Command Center and seven schools, major renovations at nine more, in addition to demolition projects and security and technology upgrades. To comply with federal guidelines, all bond dollars must be spent within three years and all projects must be completed by September 2012.

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