With the passage of a bond in 2016, Port Huron Schools aimed to transform the drab finishes of Northern High School into a more modern look inside and out. The addition of a STEAM area and upgrades to infrastructure and furniture would also modernize the learning experience for students.
The transformation began at the front entry by taking a classroom wing and renovating it to become the new administration and counseling center. This transition consolidated all of the offices to one shared location. Before, the main entry of the school was difficult to spot, drowned out by the prominent athletics entrance. Now, a new canopy and large lettering make the main entrance impossible to miss and a secure vestibule enhances building safety. Once inside, elements and finishes were chosen to reflect the wave pattern of the district logo, giving the school a distinct “Port Huron” flair.
A new addition at the existing administration area created a new STEAM suite. Here, the space was designed for collaborative work across a number of subjects. Furniture and spaces allow for small-group break out and collaboration while students complete projects emphasizing hands-on, experiential learning.
Traditional science labs were transformed into science suites, situated in groups of four around a central prep room/collaboration zone with sliding glass doors between walls; giving students and teachers the opportunity for collaboration and interaction amongst the classrooms.
To maximize daylighting and brightness within both the corridor and classrooms, façade/window replacements and LED lighting were incorporated throughout the building. HVAC upgrades in all student occupied spaces, along with upgraded lighting, creates a comfortable learning environment for students and teachers.
As part of the STEAM suite initiative at Port Huron schools, art classrooms were relocated and remodeled to be adjacent to the new STEAM addition. Other upgrades include new flexible furniture throughout all learning studios and gym bleachers.