East Lansing Public Schools

MacDonald Middle School Additions and Renovations

East Lansing, Michigan // 38,000 sq. ft.

Client Challenge

MacDonald Middle School previously served seventh and eighth-grade students. Through districtwide consolidating efforts, sixth graders joined the school, but several improvements and upgrades were necessary to accommodate the growing student population.

TowerPinkster Solution

TowerPinkster’s team designed several additions and renovations to serve students at all new levels. The new main entrance offers added security while creating an identifiable and memorable experience that helps transform the image of the school. The existing natatorium space was transformed into a second gymnasium, and several classrooms feature the addition of open, collaborative project areas.

A two-story addition was planned to house a sixth-grade wing with more classrooms as well as areas for teaching flexibility and hands-on learning opportunities. The additions and renovations acknowledge that learning environments evolve and change over time, so long-term capability and flexibility was key in creating a design solution.

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