Facing aging facilities and a decreasing student population, the Bloomfield Hills community passed a bond program to consolidate the community’s two existing high schools, Andover and Lahser, and create the new Bloomfield Hills High School. Built at the site of Andover High School, the project included 150,000 SF of demolition, renovation of the remaining 112,000 SF, and construction of a new 260,000-SF addition.
Barton Malow provided construction management and technology design services for this 21st-century learning environment that included learning communities, a full-service kitchen, commons space, a full production performing arts center, swimming pool, and a competition gymnasium.
K12 Technology Design
Barton Malow’s aptitude for K12 technology design was a key component of this project. With a goal to foster all styles of learning, the entire layout follows an open and flexible model, and features small, technology-rich learning communities with a variety of learning spaces to encourage collaboration and student-centered learning.
Keeping Staff + Students Safe
During construction, 9th-grade students were located at the Bloomfield Hills High School 9th-Grade Campus, on the site of the former Hickory Grove Elementary School, and 10th-12th grade students were located at the Bloomfield Hills High School Main Campus, on the site of the former Lahser High School.
The auditorium’s location is in the center of the building, but turn-over was not scheduled until after the start of school, making it difficult to access and complete. The shell was constructed prior to the start of school so the surrounding areas could be opened once school began in September. Protecting students and staff while completing construction on an active high school campus was the top priority. The team did not accept delivery of materials during student drop-off or pick-up times, posted signage around the area indicating students could not enter, and the site was secured after hours.